Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome lower right leg injury against Duke in the Elite Eight of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
“I don’t know if in basketball I’ve ever seen one like that,” Jim Nantz of CBS said as medical personnel attended to Ware. Trainers quickly covered his leg with towels due to the graphic nature of the injury.
With the sophomore from the Bronx in agony near the Louisville bench, some of his teammates fell to the floor and later wept over the apparent severity of the injury.
Louisville led 21-20 at the time of the injury. Play was stopped for several minutes before resuming with 6:33 remaining in the first half.
Several minutes after Ware was stretchered off the court, Tracy Wolfson of CBS reported that the team had confirmed it was a broken leg and that the player had been transported to a hospital near Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Nantz’ assessment of the injury being the worst he had seen in a basketball game was widely echoed on Twitter by members of the basketball media.