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Bruesewitz thankful things weren't worse

Updated: October 23, 2012, 8:13 PM ET
By Andy Katz

Mike Bruesewitz stole the ball and went in for a dunk. Then, just like that -- within a matter of maybe two seconds -- his life and career nearly changed.

Inches. Maybe centimeters. He was close, dangerously close, to a plethora of problems facing him -- from nerve to muscle damage to even more.

All he did was try to avoid Wisconsin teammate Josh Gasser, who had caught him from behind. But then Gasser stumbled below him.

"He went right [to avoid Gasser] instead of going forward ...

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