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Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter to miss NCAA tournament because of broken wrist

De&#8217Andre Hunter was Virginia’s fourth-top scorer this period. (Eric Espada/Getty Photos) The Virginia men’s basketball crew will be without having ACC sixth male of the yr De’Andre Hunter for the NCAA event right after the 6-foot-7 guard-forward broke his left wrist, Mentor Tony Bennett introduced Tuesday, dealing a severe blow to the Cavaliers’ nationwide championship aspirations. The news arrived just 3 times prior to Virginia, the No. 1 general seed in the NCAA event in the South Area, performs No. sixteen seed Maryland Baltimore County on Friday night in Charlotte. Hunter, the Cavaliers’ fourth-top scorer (nine.2 points per sport), is scheduled to have surgical procedure Monday and is predicted to be out ten to twelve weeks. A statement introduced by the athletic office indicated the injury occurred for the duration of previous week’s ACC event in New York. Virginia (31-two) captured its second ACC tournament title in 3 a long time by beating North Carolina, 71-sixty three, in the championship recreation Saturday evening at Barclays Heart. [NCAA match cheat sheet: Bracket investigation, upset picks and more] The Post&#8217s Neil Greenberg clarifies which upsets and Cinderella groups will give you the edge you want to consider first place in your bracket pool. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Publish) When the harm occurred is unclear. Hunter landed awkwardly during Friday night’s sixty four-58 semifinal victory over Clemson, bracing his drop with equally arms as he crashed onto the courtroom late in the 1st half. He skipped two free throws shortly thereafter and concluded with nine factors. But the versatile redshirt freshman with NBA prospective experienced 10 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes in the up coming night’s match final. Hunter’s absence most likely implies increased enjoying time for reserve ahead Mamadi Diakite, a six-nine redshirt sophomore who has performed in every recreation this year and averages five.three details and 3 rebounds in 15.4 minutes. “Won’t be the exact same without my brother . . . but know this. We obtained you and this for you,” tweeted Cavaliers beginning guard Kyle Dude minutes soon after Virginia tweeted the announcement on its formal account. Hunter’s damage is the most current misfortune to plague Virginia moving into an NCAA event. Previous year, starting up ahead Isaiah Wilkins was suffering from an disease and was minimal to five minutes in a first-round victory in excess of UNC Wilmington. Wilkins sat out the up coming match, and the Cavaliers misplaced to Florida, sixty five-39. March Madness: Hardest defeats in NCAA event historical past In 2015, standout wing participant Justin Anderson underwent an emergency appendectomy late in the time and later broke the pinkie on his shooting hand, leaving him significantly less than a hundred % for the NCAA match, when the Cavaliers dropped to Michigan Point out, sixty-fifty four, in the second spherical. [Extravagant Stats: Five Cinderellas who can achieve the Sweet 16, such as a No. 16 seed] Hunter created a single of the most memorable pictures of this previous standard time when he banked in a three-pointer as time expired to give Virginia an inconceivable 67-66 victory at Louisville. The Cavaliers scored five points in the final .nine seconds of that game to full a 9- conference highway document, the first in ACC heritage. Hunter scored a career-substantial 22 factors Feb. 13 to spark a fifty nine-50 win against Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He made three of 6 a few-level makes an attempt and added 3 rebounds in a performance Hurricanes Mentor Jim Larranaga credited mainly for the end result. “They experienced De’Andre Hunter,” Larranaga stated. “He was the solution to every 1 of the concerns we offered to them.” Hunter’s scoring contact was but one particular of several methods in which he contributed to Virginia’s report-setting operate via the ACC. He also proved highly useful as a defender and as a single of the Cavaliers’ most competent passers. During a fifty nine-forty four win from Syracuse at the Provider Dome on Feb. 3, Hunter frequently operated out of the substantial publish, with Virginia working its offense by means of him to assault the Orange’s demanding two-three zone protection. Hunter had a period-substantial six helps with just one particular turnover, offering pinpoint passes to Diakite and commencing ahead Isaiah Wilkins reducing to the basket for uncontested dunks and layups. Hunter’s athleticism has produced other highlights this year as effectively, most notably a dunk over Tar Heels senior guard Joel Berry II on Jan. six. “Early in the year I was sort of tentative and not also aggressive,” Hunter explained at the time, “and my teammates kind of received on me for that, so as the period went on, I just tried out to get more and much more aggressive and aid the team in any way attainable.”