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Jesus. That was a bizarre game. Louisville beat Duke 85-63 and will advance to Atlanta to play Wichita State. Obviously the tone was set with Kevin Ware's gruesome injury and it's difficult to really remember what happened before it. Lousiville had a 35-32 lead going in to the half and I had to look that up.


Likewise, it was hard to really focus on the second half of the game. There was a numb feeling to it all that made it seem like the game was just white noise playing in the background. I was aware of a back-and-forth between the teams, a Duke pushback, and then Louisville slowly pulled ahead for good. Rick Pitino was interviewed after the game and informed viewers Ware broke his leg in two places and the bone popped out. Something we all knew, but it still sounded so surreal to hear it out loud.

It was the most jarring thing I've ever seen in a sporting event—I was having physical reactions to something I was watching in real time on television. It will be the only thing anyone ever remembers of a game pitting two of college basketball's most famous coaches against each other in a coaching rematch of perhaps the most famous college basketball game ever. We may not even remember that Duke ever played in this game.

At least there's that.

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