Torn ACL, Molested Face

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.

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