Louisville guard Kevin Ware has a broken right leg after landing awkwardly when he tried to block a shot by Duke guard Tyler Thornton.
Replays showed that Ware’s lower right leg appears to snap as he lands from a lengthy leap to contest the shot. A video of the play is attached below (warning, images are graphic).
The injury occurred with 6:33 left in the first half. Thornton’s shot was good, cutting Louisville’s lead to 21-20 at the time. Louisville was leading at the half, 35-32.
The game was delayed almost 10 minutes as trainers wrapped Ware’s lower right leg, put him on a backboard and lifted him onto a stretcher to be taken off the court.
A few of Ware’s teammates fell to the floor at the sight of his leg, while others on the bench turned away from where he had fallen only feet from the sideline.
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino gathered the Cardinals near midcourt during the delay. Ware asked Pitino to bring his teammates over to him so he could have a word with them before he left for the hospital.
Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who had a leg broken during a nationally televised game while playing for the Washington Redskins, sent a tweet to Ware. “Watching Duke/Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware,” he said via Twitter.
Wire service and television reports contributed to this story.