He’s a loyal alumnus of the University of Louisville. And Bills Center Eric Wood has been following his team’s march to the Final Four for the last two weeks.
Wood appeared on The John Murphy Show two weeks ago as the Cardinals basketball team got ready for their first two games in the NCAA tournament. He went to those games in Lexington, Kentucky. Now he’s headed to Atlanta this weekend, to watch his team play Wichita State Saturday night, for the right to go to the Championship game on Monday.
If they beat Wichita State, Louisville will face either Michigan or Syracuse in the title game. And he already knows which team he wants.
“I don’t want Syracuse for a fourth time,” he says, referring to Louisville’s previous three meetings with the Orange this year. The Cardinals won two of the three.
“I was right behind the bench for the Syracuse game at Madison Square Garden,” Wood says, “and when you see their defense at floor level, it’s intimidating. They got the long guards up front, it looks like there’s nowhere to throw the ball. I stand four inches taller than both our one and two guards. It’s a daunting task for those guys.”
Wood has also reached out to injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware. He suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his leg in the regional final last Sunday, a broken leg similar to the one Wood suffered in 2009, in a game at Jacksonville.
“I shot him a text yesterday (Monday) and said, ‘No need to text me back, I’ll call you in the next week.’ Just praying for him. I told him, ‘I’m praying for you, I went through the same thing in ’09 and came back to start the next season. There’s no doubt in my mind you will too. Keep your spirits up, while it feels like it’s the end of the world, it’s not. You’ll come back from it.’”
Wood says he’s confident Kevin Ware will undergo a complete recovery.
“He’s in a lot better shape than I am. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll come back and start next year. The first few months are extremely tough. Your life is basically on hold for awhile. He’ll show up in a few places a little embarrassed in a wheelchair. It’s not a whole lot of fun, but you’ll come out the back end. And once you do come back, you got a rod in your leg. It’s not like an ACL or something, you’re not going to re-break your leg out there. I was just trying to lift his spirits a little bit.”
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