NCAA Roundup: Louisville Overcomes Player's Gruesome Leg Injury

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31:  (L-R starting from 2nd L) Chane Behanan #21 (holding #5 jersey of injured teammate Kevin Ware), Russ Smith #2, Peyton Siva #3, Wayne Blackshear #20 and Luke Hancock #11 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate with the Midwest regional champion trophy after they won 85-63 against the Duke Blue Devils during the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kevin Ware suffered a compound fracture of his leg in the first half.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

NCAA Roundup: Louisville Overcomes Player's Gruesome Leg Injury

Louisville advances to the Final Four after their guard Kevin Ware suffered a horrific broken right leg. Wichita State, Michigan and Syracuse will join them.

Published April 1, 2013

The Final Four has been set, but not without a dramatic finish at the Louisville and Duke game over the weekend.

At the Sunday night Elite Eight match-up, Kevin Ware, a guard for the top-seeded team, severely broke his right leg in two places as he fell near his team's bench. The gruesome injury left the bone in Ware's lower part of his leg dangling and some of his teammates cried as he laid there until he was taken off the court.

Ware told his teammates and coach that he was going to be fine and to go win, which they did. Louisville defeated Duke 85-63. The sophomore guard has reportedly undergone a successful surgery and is expected to have a lengthy recovery. 

Michigan also secured their spot in the Final Four, beating Florida 79-59 and will play Syracuse next. The Orange walked over Marquette with a final score of 55-39. And in a close game Wichita State defeated Ohio State 70-66. 

The Final Four will be held Saturday, April 6, and the championship game is on April 8.


(1) Louisville 85
(2) Duke     63

(4) Michigan 79
(3) Florida    59

(4) Syracuse  55
(3) Marquette 39

(9) Wichita State 70
(2) Ohio State     66


April 6

6:09 p.m.

(1) Louisville
(9) Wichita State

8:49 p.m.

(4) Michigan
(4) Syracuse

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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