Yesterday's brutal, gruesome injury suffered by Kevin Ware ended up overshadowing the game itself. After the sophomore went down with 6:33 left on the clock in the first half, players on the Louisville bench began visibly puking, Rick Pitino cried in front of CBS's cameras, and play was stopped for nine minutes. For anyone who saw it live—at home or at Lucas Oil Stadium—it was maybe the most horrifying thing ever seen in a game. Adjectives to describe the incident have been exhausted today.
If there's a silver lining to it all, it came last night after the Cardinals took down Duke 85-63. Various reports on Ware's mental state seemed to make it clear that he was handling the injury well as anyone possibly could: As Ware was being loaded onto a stretcher, he told his teammates, "Just go win this game for me. Don't worry about me. I'm fine. Just go win this game." Then, at the hospital, he called his mom to tell her he was fine.
Later, Ware underwent a two-hour successful surgery in which doctors re-set the bone, closed the wound from the injury, and inserted a metal rod into the right tibia. And around midnight, photos of the Cardinal holding the Midwest Regional trophy appeared on Instagram.
Tough, tough dude.