Just three days before the Virginia Cavaliers begin their journey towards a National Championship, the number one overall seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament was handed a horrible piece of injury news. Redshirt freshman and 2017-18 ACC Sixth Man of the Year DeAndre Hunter was diagnosed with a broken wrist and he is expected to miss the entire tournament.
Following was announced by the school.
ACC Sixth Man of the Year De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been ruled out for the NCAA Tournament with a broken left wrist, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett announced Tuesday (March 13).
Hunter suffered the injury during the ACC Tournament. He will have surgery on Monday (March 19). Hunter is expected to make a full recovery and be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks.
DeAndre Hunter was fourth in scoring on the team behind Kyle Guy, Devon Hall, and Ty Jerome. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games for the Cavaliers this season, a team that uses their defense to shut down opposing squads. He was a huge benefit for UVA on both sides of the ball.
No. 1 overall seed Virginia (31-2) plays No. 16 seed UMBC (24-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Tipoff at Spectrum Center is set for approximately 9:20 p.m. The game will be televised on TNT.