Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a serious injury to his right leg during Sunday's Elite Eight game against Duke, leaving his teammates and Cardinals coach Rick Pitino visibly shaken.
Ware broke a bone in his lower right leg when he landed awkwardly with 6:33 remaining in the first half. The sophomore was writhing in pain while lying on the ground in front of Louisville's bench, where trainers rushed to cover the leg with a towel before placing Ware on a backboard and lifting 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.
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. Even Pitino wiped tears from his eyes during the nine-minute delay.
The injury occurred 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 leg buckled when he landed.
Some Louisville fans began chanting his name as he was put on the stretcher.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.