Broken wrist benches UVA's Hunter for NCAA Tournament

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Virginia announced Tuesday that forward De'Andre Hunter suffered a broken left wrist during last week's ACC tournament and will miss the rest of the season. Hunter was named the ACC's sixth man of the year after the regular season, and was also named to the All-ACC freshman team.

Hunter will undergo surgery next Monday and have a near-three-month recovery.

Hunter (wrist) will be unavailable for the entire NCAA Tournament.

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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. Hunter is athletically Virginia's best weapon, and proved to be a critical first man off the bench for Tony Bennett's team.

The most memorable moment of Hunter's season was the dramatic game-winning 3-pointer he banked in at the buzzer to beat 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.

Hunter's departure leaves No. 1 seed Virginia (31-2) with only seven rotation players heading into the NCAA Tournament.

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