Just when Virginia fans were getting excited about the return of standout junior wing Justin Anderson, bad news struck when the university announced today that Anderson underwent an appendectomy and, as a result, will be ruled out of the team’s final game of the regular season on Saturday at 16th-ranked Louisville. Anderson has missed the last seven games due to a broken finger he suffered in Virginia’s home win over Louisville on February 7th. Virginia is 7-0 since Anderson’s injury. Anderson is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game and he was one of 25 players on the Wooden Award Midseason’s Watch list in January before his injury.
Appendectomies generally require an average of 7-14 days of recovery post-procedure. It is uncertain whether or not Justin Anderson will be able to return for any of next week’s ACC tournament where Virginia is defending its 2014 title. Virginia is currently the 2nd-ranked team in the country and is 28-1 overall this season. With their win at Syracuse on Monday night, Virginia claimed their second straight ACC regular season championship.
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