Ware's surgery successful; Pitino explains how Cards "gathered ourselves"

04/01/2013 07:37 AM

University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware had a rod placed in his right leg Sunday night to repair the horrific fracture of his tibia.

The university announced late Sunday that the surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis was successful and that Ware would remain in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday.

Coach Rick Pitino said in his news conference after the Cardinals dispatched Duke, 85-63, that it was the most terrible scene he had witnessed in a basketball game and that he nearly threw up when he saw Ware’s leg. Ware snapped his tibia in two places with 6:33 left in the first half when trying to block a Duke three-point attempt.

Pitino said the rest of the team was able to pick themselves up and go on to crush Duke because of Ware’s selfless insistence that the team focus on winning the game. Pitino called it an “amazing tribute to his fortitude”

“It was terrible to watch. I felt awful for the players, felt awful for the fans. But we had to gather ourselves. We couldn’t lose this game for him. We just couldn’t,” Pitino said.

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