De'Andre Hunter will miss NCAA Tournament with broken wrist

Hunter to Miss NCAA Tournament with Broken Wrist - - University of Virginia Official Athletics

NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Virginia loses De'Andre Hunter to broken wrist

No. 1 overall seed Virginia announced Tuesday afternoon that freshman power forward De'Andre Hunter will miss the NCAA Tournament because of a broken left wrist.

Virginia's men's basketball team managed to escape injury issues throughout the regular season and ACC tournament, but that good fortune has ended.

The situation is somewhat reminiscent to when Justin Anderson missed time toward the end of the 2014-15 season with a broken finger. Hunter was named ACC Co-Rookie of the Week following his 22-point performance at Miami on February 18. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games for the Cavaliers.

While the Cavaliers' stingy defense, which allows a nation-lowest 53.4 points per game, should be fine, taking away one of their best scorers could be a major blow to coach Tony Bennett's eight-man rotation. The 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman averaged 12.3 points per game since January 3, scoring both from the low block and from behind the arc. He also had 22 points in a victory at Miami on February 18.

Virginia won't have much time to figure out how to play without Hunter as the Cavaliers open NCAA tournament play on Friday night against 16th-seeded UMBC.

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