Cardinals sophomore guard Kevin Ware awkwardly came down on his right leg, snapping it in half right in front of the Louisville bench. The gruesome injury brought a hard-fought battle with Final Four implications to a stop and Louisville players and fans were even seen wiping away tears and holding Ware’s hands as the medical staff prepared to load him onto the stretcher.
How would Louisville react? What impact would Ware’s injury have on the game? What would head coach Rick Pitino say to these players at halftime?
Well, the first half ended in sluggish fashion, as expected. After the break however, it quickly became apparent that the Cardinals were playing inspired. Fueled by a massive second half run, Louisville got separation from Duke, advancing to their second consecutive Final Four. This win however, was unlike anyone they have ever had.
Sophomore forward Chane Behanan was seen wearing and holding Kevin Ware’s jersey up to the crowd as the Cardinals celebrated their Midwest regional championship. Photos have since emerged of Ware in his hospital bed, the NCAA regional trophy resting on his chest.
Sunday’s injury, reaction and overall conclusion quickly showed that Louisville is more than just a team — but a family.
The Cardinals refused to cut down the nets in Indianapolis, the same reaction after winning the Big East Tournament in New York City a few weeks ago.
Louisville is waiting to cut down the nets where it matters the most – in Atlanta.