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Kevin Ware's injury inspired Cardinals

4/1/2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- Equipment manager Vinny Tatum found the extra jersey somewhere in the locker room and made sure it got in the hands of Chane Behanan.

It was way too tiny, cut for Kevin Ware's slight build not Behanan's barrel chest, but Behanan for a moment squeezed himself into it anyway.

And then he had a better idea. He took Ware's spare jersey off after the buzzer sounded and stalked around the court with the jersey held aloft, almost like a prizefighter celebrating his championship belt.

Which in some ways it was.

NCAA president Mark Emmert handed Louisville a Midwest Regional trophy on Sunday night after the Cardinals beat Duke, 85-63.

The Cardinals were appreciative of the prefabricated piece of hardware but it was Ware's jersey that they clung to. It was a way to make sure the guard, in surgery at nearby Methodist Hospital after suffering a gruesome open fracture to his lower right leg, was with them.

More, it was a way to let everyone know just why the Cardinals are going back to the Final Four.

To read the rest of Dana O'Neil's story, click here.