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Virginia’s future NBA lottery pick comes up big when it matters

MINNEAPOLIS — So that’s what all the hype was about? Through 5 ¹/₂ NCAA Tournament games, De’Andre Hunter had been mostly potential, little production. His shot was off. His aggressiveness was lacking. The tools were there, but the results weren’t. That changed at halftime of Monday’s national championship game, and his metamorphosis carried the top-seeded Cavaliers to their ever title, 85-77, over No. 3 Texas Tech at U.S. Bank Stadium. The 6-foot-7 Hunter scored 22 of his career-high 27 points over the game’s final 25 minutes and hit the game’s two biggest shots — a 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds in regulation to force overtime, and another 3-pointer to give Virginia the lead for good in the extra session. “That te ...
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