ESPN reported that school officials said Ware was taken to Methodist Hospital with a broken lower right leg. According to Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein, hospital officials told the school that Ware was “resting comfortably” and that the pain was “under control.”
It is as of yet uncertain whether or not Ware will undergo surgery in Indianapolis.
Louisville forward Shane Benahan spoke with Ware at halftime. “He said ‘Don’t worry about me, I’m good, I’ll have my surgery tonight,'” Behanan said. “‘Go win it for me.'”
That’s precisely what the Cardinals proceeded to do.
After going almost three full minutes without scoring in the wake of Ware’s injury, Louisville lead Duke 35-32 at halftime. They emerged in the second half, seemingly rejuvenated and refocused on winning for their injured teammate. They ran away with the game in the second half, defeating the Blue Devils 85-63. Benahan switched to Ware’s No.5 jersey late in the game.
“Kevin’s like a brother to me,” Behanan said. “We’re always together.”
“We won this for him,” Pitino said. “We were all choked up with emotion for him. We’ll get him back to normal. We’ve got great doctors, great trainers. We talked about it every timeout, ‘Get Kevin home.'”