Mar 31, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware (bottom) is checked on by guard/forward Luke Hancock (right) and head coach Rick Pitino after an injury in the first half during the finals of the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament against the Duke Blue Devils at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville’s Kevin Ware Suffers a Gruesome Leg Injury

If you’re looking for a video of the Kevin Ware injury you are going to have to go searching elsewhere, not going to find one here.  It was a gruesome lower leg injury that occurred when he ran and jumped to contest a shot, and came down awkwardly on his right leg.  It was bad, believe me.

Ware provides solid depth for the Cardinals, averaging 16 minutes and 5.5 points over the span of the Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament.  His presence was especially welcomed on Friday night in the Elite 8 when Peyton Siva was in foul trouble early.  Ware finished with 25 minutes played and 11 points in the expanded role, but it was his ability to handle the ball and play pesky defense that was most significant.  Coach Pitino praised his improvements over the summer entering his sophomore year, but the depth of Louisville has made it difficult for him to get significant playing time.

The injury had a strong impact on everyone in the building, especially his teammates.  Many of the Cardinals, including Pitino, were seen crying and visibly upset with what they had just witnessed happen to their teammate, friend and family member.  You never want to see someone go out like that.  Let’s hope for a speedy and successful recovery for Kevin Ware.

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