2013 NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Louisville Cardinals Win An Emotional Game to Reach Final Four

By Trevor Lowry

When No. 1 Louisville Cardinals’ Kevin Ware went down with an injury against the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils emotions filled the entire building. If you have not seen the injury yet, don’t feel like you have to because it was horrible to watch. However, Louisville played with a lot of emotion after that point and went on to blowout Duke.

Louisville is now in the Final Four and it will play the No. 9 Wichita State Shockers.

Coming into this game, Louisville had arguably the best defense in the country and Duke had one of the best offenses. Well, the Cardinals’ D definitely won that battle, with the final score being 85 to 63.

Russ Smith came up big once again for the team, dropping 23 points in the game.

However, the impressive stat of the game was the fact that Louisville held a Duke team to just 63 points. The same Duke team that was putting up nearly 80 points per game on the season. Louisville did this while Ware was in the back of every player’s mind.

For stepping up their game like they did after the gruesome injury, the Cardinals definitely deserved to win this game. Not saying that Duke did not deserve to win, but one of Louisville’s players had the type of injury that you see on the top 10 injuries of all time–yes, it was that bad–and still managed to pull themselves together.

Wichita State will not be an easy team, but Louisville will enter that game as the huge favorite. Not just because of the seeding difference between the two, but because the Cardinals proved that they were the best team in college basketball after the victory against Duke.


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