Thursday night’s college basketball rivalry slate of North Carolina-Duke and UCLA-Oregon certainly lived up to the hype. However, it was hard to anticipate a major cheerleading accident.

During a break in the action of the game between the Bruins and Ducks, a poor UCLA cheerleader had not one, but two falls in the matter of one TV timeout. First, she had a hard fall during a cheerleading routine. And then a guy trying to carry her off the floor tripped… dropping her to the floor again:

Yikes. This poor gal. You can’t make up that much bad luck in such a short amount of time.

As you can see, the ESPN crew got all of the action. This even included an injury update from sideline reporter Molly McGrath:

Not that this is a laughing matter at all, but who better to have handled this situation than Bill Walton? His line of lighting a candle for this girl had me rolling. Especially based on the fact McGrath just said the girl walked off on her own power. We can only hope Walton lights a candle on live TV in an upcoming telecast.


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Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri and has recently returned to his Minnesota roots. He previously has worked for the Columbia Missourian, KFAN radio in Minneapolis and Feel free to email me at rwilliamson29 AT Gmail dot com.