The injury occurred when Derrick Roland was going up for a shot at the beginning of the second half and just came down wrong on his leg. Roland is a fourth year guard for the Texas A&M Aggies, and has been described as the heart and soul of the team. Seeing him go down like this was also extremely hard for several of his teammates, who looked visibly shaken when the injury took place. The whole team is in Seattle right now because Texas A&M was playing the University of Washington in an NCAA match-up of the Pac-10 and the Big-12.
The Seattle Times was reporting very early Wednesday morning that even though the team is schedule to head to the airport around 5:30 A.M. that several players want to stay behind with Roland. Roland will have to spend the Christmas holiday at Harborview Medical Center and the players want to wait until his mother can arrive from Dallas, Texas. It's such a tragic injury not just for Derrick Roland, but for Texas A&M as well, with Roland being one of their best players.
The injury to Derrick Roland could be blamed for the loss that Texas A&M suffered Tuesday night, because his team obviously wasn't thinking about the game when their friend was carted off the court. In fact Washington went on a 19-6 run immediately following that injury, allowing Washington to pull away by a lot in the second half. The win turned into the first one for Washington against a ranked opponent this season, but maybe it's not as great as it could have been if everyone had remained healthy to the end of the game.