ATLANTA (AP) — A broken leg couldn't keep Kevin Ware from sharing the Final Four experience with his Louisville teammates.
There was a loud cheer Saturday when Ware, wearing his No. 5 jersey and supported by crutches, followed his teammates onto the floor before the NCAA semifinal against Wichita State. Ware sat in a chair by the Louisville bench and propped up his surgically repaired right leg on a stack of towels situated on another chair.
Ware's right tibia snapped and broke through his skin in Sunday's Midwest Regional win over Duke. He had surgery Sunday night, was released two days later and on Wednesday flew with the team to Atlanta.
Ware said before the game he feels "great" and added "Obviously, it's great to be home."
Ware signed with Louisville from Rockdale County High School, about 30 miles east of Atlanta.
Louisville players paid tribute to Ware, No. 5, as they wore T-shirts over their jerseys in pregame warmups with the words "''Ri5e to the Occasion."
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