INDIANAPOLIS - Louisville guard Kevin Ware has been carried off the court after badly injuring his lower right leg during the Midwest Regional final against Duke on Sunday.
An official tells several reporters that a bone snapped. Trainers immediately covered the leg with a towel and placed Ware on a backboard, then lifted him onto a stretcher.
Teammates huddled around Ware as he left the court. They were clearly upset when the injury, embracing each other and crying. Coach Rick Pitino wiped tears from his eyes.
The injury occurred with 6:33 left in the first half as Duke's Tyler Thornton made a 3-pointer to get the Blue Devils within 21-20. Ware tried to contest the shot and his right leg buckled when he landed on it. Television cameras clearly showed the injury occurring during the game.
Multiple Louisville players huddled around Ware as he left the court. Several of his teammates, including Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan, clearly were upset by the injury, embracing each other and crying.
Some Louisville fans began chanting his name as he was put on the stretcher.
Ware was taken into surgery at Methodist Hospital after the game to repair the fracture. Team officials said the leg was broken in two places.
"The bone's 6 inches out of his leg and all he's yelling is, `Win the game, win the game,"' Coach Rick Pitino said. "I've not seen that in my life. ... Pretty special young man."
Videos of the injury began appearing on YouTube almost immediately.
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who famously sustained a broken leg during a Monday night football game against the New York Giants, tweeted that, "Watching Duke/ Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware."
Louisville went on to defeat Duke 85-63 to reach the Final Four.