His full-leg cast and crutches aside, Kevin Ware is no different than the rest of his Louisville teammates this week. He's at team meetings. He's going to practice. He's riding the bus. He even put on his jersey to pose for the stock images that will be used during the Final Four telecast.
''He's doing everything he would normally do,'' Peyton Siva said.
Ware's presence at the Final Four is an emotional boost for the Cardinals, coming just days after he broke his lower right leg in gruesome fashion. But his absence on the floor leaves the top-seeded Cardinals vulnerable for the first time in the NCAA tournament.
''It's going to take a great effort without Kevin to win this thing. We know that,'' Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Thursday. ''I would have said we probably were offensively and defensively one of the better teams in the country. Now I think we've got some problems that we've got to overcome. If we can do that, we can win. But we've got some problems....