Louisville’s Ware suffers gruesome injury
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — After an intense, fast-paced start to the Midwest Regional final, everyone in Lucas Oil Stadium stopped with 6:33 left in the first half when Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome leg injury near the Cardinals’ bench.
With Louisville leading 21-17, Ware ran out to contest a three-point attempt by Tyler Thornton. Moments after Thornton made the shot, however, there was pandemonium on the court when Ware planted his leg, turned and suffered what looked like a broken bone.
Immediately, medical personnel came out with a stretcher while Louisville players appeared traumatized. In a terrifying scene, Cardinals guard Russ Smith started crying uncontrollably after seeing Ware while freshman forward Montrezl Harrell was doubled over on the floor, shaking. Players on Duke’s bench also appeared to be shocked about what had just happened.
The game stopped for seven minutes, and Louisville’s players gathered around Ware before he was taken out of the arena on a stretcher.