CHARLOTTESVILLE, JAN. 22 -- Virginia shooting guard Anthony Oliver will miss at least three weeks after breaking his hand in Monday night's 71-47 victory over Davidson.
X-rays taken by team physician Frank McCue revealed that Oliver broke the fourth metacarpal bone on his shooting hand when he tried to steal the ball from Davidson's Jason Zimmerman with 14 minutes left in the game. Oliver's right ring finger was jammed against the ball, then pushed backward when his hand struck Zimmerman's leg.
McCue inserted two pins in the bone during surgery this morning, and team trainer Joe Gieck said Oliver could return to the No. 18 Cavaliers after three weeks.
Oliver, Virginia's best one-on-one defender, often hounds the opposing team's top outside shooter. The junior from Faison, N.C., averaged 10.4 points, and his 51.3 shooting percentage was a team high.
Coach Jeff Jones said he had not yet decided who will replace Oliver in the starting lineup, but was "leaning toward" freshman Cornel Parker. Jones said sophomore Terry Kirby -- who joined the team after the football team's loss to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl New Year's Day -- and senior Dirk Katstra also are likely to play more.
Virginia plays Virginia Tech at Richmond Coliseum Wednesday night.
"You look at Bryant Stith, John Crotty, Kenny Turner and Ted Jeffries -- each of them will have to pick up the slack a little bit in addition to the guys filling in at that spot," said Jones, whose team faces Virginia Tech Wednesday night at the Richmond Coliseum. "We're confident that Cornel and Dirk and Terry can fill in at that spot. That is the one spot that we have pretty good depth."