Purdue center Isaac Haas sustained a fractured elbow in the Boilermakers’ blowout victory Friday over Cal State Fullerton. He was initially ruled out for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament, a giant blow to Purdue’s lofty aspirations.
But Haas, a 7-foot-2, 290-pound mountain of a man, apparently has other plans.
Matt Painter threw a bit of cold water on the idea that his biggest body could soldier on Sunday against Butler, saying he was doubtful Haas would be able to play. And yet, the window of possibility remains slightly cracked. If Purdue can advance to the Sweet 16, he’ll have another four or five days to heal to a point where he can contribute some minutes.
I mean, who is going to tell this guy he can’t get back on the court and fight to extend his collegiate career? Feels like a scary proposition.