It was bad enough that Duke beat West Virginia to advance to the national championship game, but we also had to watch one of the Mountaineers suffer a career-threatening injury during what seemed like garbage time. De’Sean Butler, who was a slated first-round pick in at least one NBA Mock Draft, was diagnosed with a torn ACL. But that wasn’t on Huggins.
Sports information director Bryan Messerly said the MRI also revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament and two bone bruises.
Butler, West Virginia’s leading scorer, drew a foul after driving into Duke’s Brian Zoubek under the basket with 8:59 left in the second half of the 78-57 loss. –ESPN.
No, the big news was how West Virginia coach Bob Huggins left the bench to comfort the hysterical Butler, who probably could see the cash from a potential NBA contract floating out of his pockets as he writhed in pain. Sure, basketball shorts don’t have pockets, but bear with me. Huggins’ tender touch showed both a caring love for his player and a bizarre ignorance of personal space that’s difficult to qualify. See the images for yourself after the jump.