All signs had been pointing to a possible return this Saturday for Virginia’s Justin Anderson. The junior hasn’t played since the last time Louisville played Virginia back on February 7 when he broke a finger on his shooting hand. Now, another problem has come up for Anderson and he will not be playing for the Cavaliers on Saturday. On Thursday, Anderson underwent an appendectomy.
“It wasn’t a ruptured appendix and they got it early, so that’s good news,” Cavs coach Tony Bennett told ESPN.com. “But it’s way too early to give a timetable. It depends on how he responds. The next few days will determine how long he misses.”
“It’s such a tough break for him,” Bennett said. “There was a chance he was going to come back on Saturday. We just have to keep doing what we’re doing and finding ways.”
Anderson is averaging 13.4 points per game this season, which is now second on the team right behind Malcolm Brogdon at 13.6 points.
So what has Virginia done since that last Louisville game when Anderson went down? Just reeled off 7 straight ACC wins to lock up the regular season conference championship and improved their overall record to 28-1. Needless to say, there is still a very good team coming to town this weekend.