The Louisville Cardinals came into the 2013 NCAA Tournament as the Dance’s top-overall seed, but coach Rick Pitino’s squad received some new inspiration in the Elite Eight.
With just over six minutes remaining in the first half against Duke, sophomore guard Kevin Ware landed on his right leg so hard that his bone snapped beneath him.
It was a scary moment for the players on the floor, for Pitino, those in attendance and the millions watching on their TVs at home. However, and despite the tears, Louisville managed to come together to run the Blue Devils clear out of the gym.
Only days later, and with Ware himself in a special seat on the sidelines, the Cardinals overcame a stellar effort on the part of ninth-seeded Wichita State to earn a berth in the national title game.
Now, all that remains between Kevin Ware, his teammates and cutting down the nets are the high-powered Michigan Wolverines.
It won’t be easy, but earning a place in history never is. That being said, should Louisville manage to hold off the 2013 Wooden Award winner in Michigan’s Trey Burke, there is already a plan in place to help Ware cut down those nets:
— Daniel Uthman (@DanUthman) April 8, 2013
If there was ever a Hallmark moment in basketball, that will be it.
Of course, his teammates just have to take care of business on Monday night — and that will be easier said than done.