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Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter to miss NCAA Tournament with broken wrist

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Another key player in Arizona’s region is out

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Every team needs a little luck to make the Final Four. The Arizona Wildcats have been getting some so far.

Virginia Cavaliers guard De’Andre Hunter will miss the NCAA Tournament with a broken wrist, UVA head coach Tony Bennett announced Tuesday.

Hunter suffered the injury during last weekend’s ACC Tournament.

The ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year, Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games this season. The 6-foot-7 guard was also named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.

It is a sizable blow to the Cavaliers, who are the No. 1 seed in the South Region, and could face Arizona in the Sweet Sixteen.

This is the second injury to a key player in Arizona’s bracket. Kentucky’s leading rebounder, Jarred Vanderbilt, is expected to miss the first two rounds with a sprained ankle.

The South Region is widely pegged as the toughest region in the NCAA Tournament, and obviously injuries are unfortunate, but No. 4-seeded Arizona will surely take any relief it can get.

UA opens tournament play Thursday in Boise against No. 13-seeded Buffalo.


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