The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team advance to its second straight Final Four on Sunday, but a serious injury in the first half cast a pall over the game.
With about 6 minutes to go in the first half, guard Kevin Ware broke his right leg—a serious injury that visibly upset the Louisville players and coaches a caused a lengthy break in play.
Still, the Cardinals expanded on a three-point halftime lead to beat the No. 2-seeded Duke Blue Devils 85-63 in Indianapolis to reach the Final Four.
Guard Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 23 points.
The Cardinals, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, will next play the Wichita State Shockers—a No. 9 seed—on Saturday in Atlanta. The Syracuse Orange and Michigan Wolverines, both No. 4 seeds—play in the other Final Four game.
It’s UofL’s 10th Final Four in program history and first back-to-back appearance since 1982-83.