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Louisville In Final Four After Gruesome Injury

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/1/2013

Louisville is in the Final Four after beating Duke 85 to 63 Sundayt night in the NCAA Midwest Regional.

This victory is bittersweet as it comes after a horrific injury to sophomore guard Kevin Ware in the first half of the game.

Andrew Spencer tells us how the team rallied and left the court victorious.

It was an injury so disturbing we won't show it here.

But you can see players like Cardinal's junior guard Russ Sith physically react.

"I didn't ever think in a million years I would see something like that and that happen especially to a guy like Kevin Ware. I was completely devastated," said Smith.

Even Louisville head coach Rick Pitino wiped away tears as paramedics attended to injured guard Kevin Ware.

"It was a gruesome sight, nothing like I've ever witnessed before in my life for a basketball game," said Pitino.

With 6:33 left in the first half, Ware tried to block a shot, landed badly, and nroke a bone in his right leg.

Coach Pitino says the team had no choice but to win.

"It was terrible to watch. I felt awful for the players, felt awful for the fans, but we had to gather ourselves. We couldn't lose this game for him. We just couldn't," said Pitino.

Team members managed to compose themselves and not only finish the gae, but beat Duke 85-63, inspired by the courage of their teammate.

"I don't think we could've gathered ourselves, I know I couldn't have if Kevin didn't over and over kept saying. Just win the game," said Pitino.

Louisville Senior Associate Athletic director, Kenneth Klein, says Kevin Ware's surgery was successful.

Indianapolis doctors re-set his bone, put a rod in his tibia, and closed the wound in his leg.

Ware will stay in Indiana until Tuesday and is expected to join the team next weekend for the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.

The rest of the Final Four includes Wichita State, Syracuse and Michigan.

 

   
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