INDIANAPOLIS -- Louisville guard Kevin Ware is recovering following successful surgery on his broken right leg.
School officials say the sophomore had the bone reset and a rod inserted into his right tibia. The surgery took two hours. Ware is expected to stay in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday.
Ware landed awkwardly, with his leg bending at almost a right angle, after he contested a 3-point shot late in the first half of the NCAA Midwest regional final on Sunday between the Cardinals and Duke.
Ware's stunned teammates wept openly as he was taken off the court on a stretcher and to Methodist Hospital.
Louisville went on to beat Duke 85-63.
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Luke Hancock patted Ware's chest as doctors worked on the sophomore and Russ Smith -- who is from New York City like Ware -- walked away, pulling his jersey over his eyes.
Someone finally pulled Behanan to his feet, but he doubled over and needed a few seconds to gather himself. As Ware was being loaded onto a stretcher, the Cardinals gathered at midcourt until coach Rick Pitino called them over, saying that Ware wanted to talk to them before he left.
Pitino wiped away his eyes as Ware was wheeled out, as did several of the Louisville players.
In the immediate aftermath, those who had been watching the game on television took to social media to express their concern. Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who famously sustained a broken leg during a Monday night football game against the New York Giants, tweeted that, "Watching Duke/ Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.”
Russ Smith scored 23 points, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and Louisville went on to beat Duke 85-63 on Sunday and earn a second straight trip to the Final Four.