Bad news for UVA basketball fans following the fourth-ranked Cavaliers’ 57-49 win over VCU: freshman guard Kihei Clark is set to undergo surgery on Monday.
Clark, a 5’9” freshman who has emerged as a surprise starter this season, was injured in Virginia’s win over Morgan State on Monday, and played 33 minutes in the VCU game with a protective cast on his left wrist.
Coach Tony Bennett was noncommittal after the game in terms of providing any kind of timetable for a return for Clark, who had nine points, and contributed his usual annoying ball-pressure defense.
“His status is this: he is going to have surgery tomorrow,” Bennett said. “During the Morgan State game, he injured his wrist, got a hairline fracture, so he will have surgery tomorrow. He practiced a couple of days with the protective cast, what they do with football players, and you could see that a few times it affected him.
“We will just go from there as far as a timeline after surgery, based on how things heal and what he can do after that. He will go back into the cast and take it from there,” Bennett said.
On top of just gutting things out in a game where the ‘Hoos clearly needed him, Clark also was the impetus behind what was unofficially the second Tony Bennett smile in his tenure at UVA.
After a Ty Jerome three had tied the game at 43, Clark, applying ball pressure in the backcourt, forced a 10-second backcourt violation on the Rams.