Louisville's Road To The NCAA Championship

By Steffen Ploeger

Tournaments like the recent NCAA March Madness event are more exciting for fans and sports bettors when the games are unpredictable. This year's March Madness was a fine example of unpredictability, and will definitely live on as one of the most memorable three weeks of college basketball in the history of the game.

The champions of the tournament were the Louisville Cardinals, whose road to the finals is described at onlinecasino.org. The team cleared a number of hurdles to qualify for the championship game, especially in the final few games of the tournament when their offense struggled to put up points in the first halves. However, the hurdle that was toughest to clear was the injury endured by Cardinals guard Kevin Ware.

The young guard was a rising star on the team, who past and present coaches describe as one of the hardest working players. Ware was determined to prove himself capable of playing in the NBA, and head coach Rick Pitino reported that Ware's hardworking determination strained his muscles prior to the quarterfinal game against Duke University.

While playing in the quarterfinal, an unexpected injury sidelined Ware for the rest of the tournament. The young guard leapt into the air in order to block an incoming shot, but his leg snapped when he hit the ground, nearly breaking in two. The shocking injury immediately stopped the game as players and fans of both teams were horrified at the condition Ware was in. The injury immediately went viral, and was considered one of the most unpredictable and horrifying accidents in the history of basketball.

Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware Celebrates
Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware celebrates winning the national championship 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half of the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Photo Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports.

However, Louisville refused to let Ware's injury bring them down, and the accident instead became a motivation for the team to play with heart in honour of their sidelined brother. The team rallied through the rest of the quarterfinal, came back from an early slump in the semi-final, and finally captured the March Madness championship in a final showdown with the Michigan Wolverines.

March Madness is one of the most popular tournaments in North America, watched and gambled upon by millions of fans each year. Will next year's tournament be as surprising and engaging?

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