Virginia to play NCAAs without freshman sixth man De'Andre Hunter

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Hunter's departure leaves No. 1 seed Virginia (31-2) with only seven rotation players heading into the NCAA Tournament.

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, who was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, is the best athlete on the Cavaliers and consistently provided a spark off the bench. He's expected to miss 10-to-12 weeks, but he should make a full recovery after having surgery, which is scheduled for Monday.

Virginia's NCAA Tournament is not off to a good start. Last year, forward Isaiah Wilkins, this year's ACC defensive player of the year, missed time with an illness.

Hunter, also an ACC All-Freshman selection, scored in double figures in 16 games and was involved in the most dramatic moment of the season, when he hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer in UVa's 67-66 win at Louisville.

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 a 67-66 victory. His scoring high was 23 points in his fourth game, a 73-53 victory over Monmouth on November 19.