A few hours after some rumors circled, Virginia made it official - star freshman forward De'Andre Hunter will miss the entire with a broken wrist. Hunter will have surgery on the injury next Monday. He is not expected to play again for at least 10 to 12 weeks.
When I covered Hunter last week in Brooklyn at the ACC Tournament, he played at times with his wrist taped or wrapped.
Hunter, a redshirt freshman, averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games for the top-ranked Cavaliers. The 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman averaged 12.3 points per game since January 3, scoring both from the low block and from behind the arc. He recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-37 victory at Pittsburgh on February 24. Hunter could defend multiple positions and he posed matchup problems on offense for opposing forwards.
CPI data due Tuesday
A stronger than expected inflation report could be the catalyst that drives prices out of the current trading range. The reduction in retail inflation has been seen due to cheaper food articles and lower cost for fuel.
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.
Last year, forward Isaiah Wilkins, this year's ACC defensive player of the year, missed time with an illness.