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

Tanya Simon
March 14, 2018

There were times during Virginia's run to the ACC basketball regular-season and tournament titles that coaches and players wondered aloud where they'd be without redshirt freshman forward De'Andre Hunter.

Hunter appeared in all 33 games for Virginia this season, averaging 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists en route to winning the ACC's Sixth Man of the Year award. He is not expected to play again for at least 10 to 12 weeks.

The situation is somewhat reminiscent to when Justin Anderson missed time toward the end of the 2014-15 season with a broken finger. He reached double figures in 16 games and was Virginia's leading scorer in six contests.

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No. 1 overall seed Virginia (31-2) plays No. 16 seed UMBC (24-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Tipoff at Spectrum Center is set for approximately 9:20 p.m.

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. He also had 22 points in a victory at Miami on February 18.

Guard Marco Anthony got a chance to shine January 31 in a rare big role off the bench when Johnson was serving the first game of a three-game suspension.

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