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Virginia's Justin Anderson will not play against Louisville

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Just two days after Virginia coach Tony Bennett said Justin Anderson might play in Saturday's game against Louisville, in comes the official news that the Hoos' second-leading scorer will not be in uniform for the Yum Center showdown.

Anderson's absence doesn't come as an especially large surprise, but the same can't be said for the reason behind it.

While a broken finger on his shooting hand suffered during Virginia's win over Louisville has been the reason Anderson has been sidelined since Feb. 7, he won't play on Saturday because he undwrwent an appendectomy on Thursday.

"It wasn't a ruptured appendix and they got it early, so that's good news," Cavs coach Tony Bennett told "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."

A junior forward, Anderson had been averaging 13.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this season before his finger injury. His replacement, fellow junior Evan Nolte, is averaging 6.3 points per game.