Coach Matt Painter has gone on the record saying that Haas is unlikely to play, but the team is listing their big man as a game-time decision heading into their Round of 32 matchup nonetheless.
Haas, the 7-foot-2 center who broke his elbow in Friday's win over Cal State Fullerton, did not play, but the Boilermakers prevailed anyway despite a late push by their in-state rivals.
There's now a bit of mystery surrounding the status of Purdue center Isaac Haas. Your legs aren't broken if you fracture your elbow. "He's worked really hard". Guys get to this moment. With AP Photos.Dakota Mathias sank a 3-pointer with 14.2 seconds left and second-seeded Purdue held off 10th-seeded Butler 76-73 to reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year.
Butler beat Arkansas 79-62 Friday to advance. Butler shot nearly 50 percent for the game and outrebounded Arkansas 45-25.
But even Haas knew 40 minutes before he came on the court he wouldn't play because of the severity of the injury and because the NCAA ruled the brace illegal. "I don't see him playing, though". He averaged 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in less than 24 minutes per game.
"I'm obviously not a doctor". "His future's more important".
Purdue announced Friday that Haas would miss the remainder of the season. The 7-3 Haarms averaged just 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 16.6 minutes per game in 35 games off the bench this season. Haarms, more of a rim protector than an inside scorer, is fifth among the nation's freshman in blocked shots.
Referee DJ Carstensen told The Associated Press during warmups Sunday that Haas would not be allowed to play with the brace.
"He's been great for our program", Painter said. "So the second half, I think we asserted ourselves defensively and made it a little tougher and that opened up transitions for us". "At that point in time it was pretty choppy ..." "I don't think they depend on (Haas) as much as we depended on Kenyon". Haas even laughed that floor was probably hurt worse than he was. The Boilermakers rank second in the country in 3-point field goal percentage at 42 percent - the best among any team in the NCAA Tournament - and with rotation changes likely to take place in light of Haas' injury, Jordan discussed the potential of facing a lineup with five perimeter scoring threats. He's as good a backup big as a team could hope for. "Or are you going to try to play advantage basketball with your post?" But, I've been able to look at it and see - he just went through things today and just getting loose and everything.