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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery after suffering a traumatic compound leg fracture during Sunday's 85 - 63 win over Duke, the university said in a statement late Sunday.
Ware had the bone re-set, the wound from the injury closed and a rod was inserted in his right tibia during a two-hour surgery, the statement read.
Ware's injury during the first half drew grimaces, groans and shock from U of L players, coaches and fans. Head Coach Rick Pitino was visibly upset and could be seen wiping away tears as Ware was carted off the court and taken to Methodist Hospital.
Ware repeatedly told his team: "I'll be fine, just win."
The injury drew national attention and created a stir on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The university's statement said Ware will remain in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday. He hopes to return to Louisville and then join the Cardinals as they advance to the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta. A timetable has not been set for his return to basketball competition.