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Virginia Announces Star Player Is Out For Season

A general view of the Virginia Cavaliers basketball court.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 04: The Pittsburgh Panthers and Virginia Cavaliers tip off during a game at John Paul Jones Arena on March 4, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)

The NCAA Tournament kicks off tonight. March Madness is officially upon us.

Unfortunately, one team was just hit with a major stroke of bad luck. No. 1 overall seed Virginia will be without one of its star players for the duration of the NCAA Tournament.

According to a release from Virginia, freshman guard De'Andre Hunter will miss the rest of the season with a broken left wrist. Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett announced the news on Tuesday afternoon.

ACC Sixth Man of the Year De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been ruled out for the NCAA Tournament with a broken left wrist, Virginia head coach Tony Benett announced Tuesday (March 13).

Hunter suffered the injury during the ACC tournament and is scheduled to have surgery on the injured left wrist next week. A recovery timeline currently projects Hunter will be healthy in 10-12 weeks.

During his first season with the Cavaliers, Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games. He was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.

Virginia tips off against No. 16 seed UMBC (24-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 16. The game, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, is set for approximately 9:20 p.m and will be televised on TNT.