The university announced freshman forward DeAndre Hunter will miss the NCAA Tournament, having suffered a broken wrist in the ACC Tournament. Hunter is expected to make a full recovery and be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks. The Cavaliers (31-2) won the ACC title by four games and validated that last Saturday by adding a conference tournament title to their trophy case. Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds through 33 games this season.
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' 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. He banked in a dramatic game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer at Louisville on March 1. On Feb. 13, he had 22 points, including a four-point play and 13 points during a key second-half run, in U.Va.'s 59-50 win at Miami.
The No. 1 overall seed Cavs will face 16 seed Maryland-Baltimore County in their opening round on Friday night.