Virginia loses key player to broken wrist three days before NCAA tournament

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 14, 2018

Anderson returned for the ACC and NCAA tournaments but clearly wasn't himself, and the second-seeded Cavaliers lost to the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the Big Dance.

But Virginia was dealt a devastating blow Tuesday when the school announced that ACC Sixth Man of the Year, De'Andre Hunter, will miss the tournament with a broken left wrist that he suffered in the ACC Tournament.

Hunter injured the wrist in the ACC Tournament.

According to a release from Virginia, freshman guard De'Andre Hunter will miss the rest of the season with a broken left wrist.

Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.

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1 overall seed and still has a good shot to win the national championship.

On March 1 at Louisville, Hunter's game-winning 3-pointer that banked off the glass from almost 30 feet away from the basket at the buzzer propelled U.Va.to a 67-66 victory. While the Cavaliers were rewarded for their season with both Arizona and Kentucky being placed in the South Region with them, many still had Virginia penciled in to make the first Final Four of the Tony Bennett era.

He scored his season-high 23 points November 19 in U.Va.'s 73-53 win against Monmouth.

With Hunter out, U.Va. will likely rely even more on key bench players Nigel Johnson at guard and Mamadi Diakite at forward.

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