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Virginia loses key player for the NCAA Tournament

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The number one seed in Kentucky’s bracket will be without a key player. Virginia just announced that freshman guard De’Andre Hunter’s broken left wrist will keep him out of the NCAA Tournament. Hunter, recently named the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, suffered the injury during the ACC Tournament.

Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds, but really broke out as the season went on, becoming one of Virginia’s most reliable scoring threats. Virginia’s top pro prospect, his athleticism made him a mismatch for most teams. You probably remember him best for his game-winning three vs. Louisville on March 1.

This is brutal news for Virginia, and although we wish Hunter a full recovery, it goes without saying that Kentucky’s chances of making the Final Four suddenly look a little brighter…IF they can get past Davidson and Arizona, of course.

[Virginia Sports]

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11 responses to “Virginia loses key player for the NCAA Tournament”

  1. bbnZach

    Wish him the best! Kentucky going to Final Four now quite easily! Nobody wants to admit it but Zona is a great matchup for us! Double Ayton in the post they are done! He can’t pass out of the post!

    1. BigBlueNationDude

      Wow. Just wow

  2. cats646

    Hate it for them. Never want a player to get hurt. Don’t necessarily hate it for us though. Ha

  3. RealCatsFan

    I sure wouldn’t count UVA out. Remember, we went to the final game in 2014 with our Willie out! 🙂

    1. WinkyBoyBlue

      Please don’t leave your willie out

  4. maximumscott

    They lose 10 points a game. They only score 60 a game roughly. Someone gonna have to step up bc 50 points a game isnt gonna cut it. Tourny is different than the reg season. Gotta be able to score and defend.

  5. BigBlueSkyDog

    Never want to see a guy hurt. I’m still more worried about Arizona. Maybe Buffalo could catch them looking ahead to us.

  6. Catcasey1

    Why r people overlooking Davidson wtf

    1. henderblue

      Good point. Fans are. But I doubt the team is

  7. bluecrowe

    Our defense is great and our 3 point shooting has not only gotten better, it is amazing. We are not even close to the team that lost 4 in a row. Arizona plays in a weak conference and even if Ayton gets 30 it does not mean they cannot be beaten. I am feeling really good about it. Especially with SKJ getting some confidence in the SEC Tournament. As for Davidson I am not sure they can get threes off as cleanly against u as they could against teams in their conference. The key will be for the coaching staff to make sure the kids do not overlook Davidson.

  8. TimothyJinx

    NCAA Selection Committee: Dangit! Oh, well – we still have Arizona!