Virginia has ‘enough in that room’ to make a run without De’Andre Hunter

The news of De’Andre Hunter’s broken left wrist took some of the momentum out of Virginia’s memorable season, but the Cavaliers are still confident in their ability to make a run in the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett said before the team’s open practice that he believes that “there’s enough in that room” to make up for the loss of Hunter.

Hunter said Thursday that he originally hurt the wrist against Clemson in the ACC Tournament semifinal, but thought it was just a sprain. After playing in Virginia’s 71-63 victory over North Carolina in the championship game, he decided to get it checked out, revealing the fracture.

The redshirt freshman was the Wahoos’ fourth-leading scorer this season with 9.2 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting. He was named the ACC Sixth Man of the Year and to the ACC All-Freshman team.

The ACC regular season and tournament champions may have been the favorite to win the title before Hunter’s injury. Instead, they are the second-most popular championship pick in the NCAA’s bracket challenge behind Villanova.

Virginia may be the overall No. 1 seed, but they are used to being overlooked. The Cavaliers were picked to finish sixth in the ACC in preseason media poll before the season.

“I was surprised so many people picked us to begin with, with our history,” sophomore guard Kyle Guy said. “People have been writing us off since Tony got here. I’m not surprised at all.”

Virginia’s defense is certainly good enough to carry them deep into the tournament, but at some point they may need some additional offense. That’s where Hunter’s absence will be felt, but Guy, Davon Hall and Ty Jerome are more than capable of picking up the slack for their injured teammate.

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