NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Notebook: Virginia's Hunter out for NCAA Tournament

Doug Mendoza
March 15, 2018

Hunter, a redshirt freshman, averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games for the top-ranked Cavaliers.

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. The guard from Philadelphia played just under 20 minutes a game and shot 48.8 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three. He was also second on the team in steals with 1.2 per game.

A fast-rising National Basketball Association prospect, Hunter was also starting to flash an efficient three-point stroke, too. That's not a lot of ground for his replacements to make up, nor is it enough to significantly discount a team that was more than 32 net points per 100 possessions better than an average team this season, the highest in the nation according to statistical guru Ken Pomeroy. Perhaps. This kid is a really, really good player. "Can they win some games? Yes".

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Devon Hall. Hall was one of Virginia's best all-around players. Anthony scored 10 points as a reserve in U.Va.'s 74-64 home win against Louisville.

A 71-63 victory over North Carolina last weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., earned Virginia its third ACC Tournament title in school history and second in five years, and now sends the Cavaliers to Charlotte, N.C., this weekend to kick off the final stretch of the season. In ACC play, Hunter took his game to a new level - 10.8 points, 58.2 percent true shooting and a player efficiency rating of 25.5. That ranks 22nd in the ACC amongst players with at least 60 possessions.

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