The Purdue Boilermakers advanced to the second round of the 2018 NCAA tournament with a 74-48 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday, but it came at a price.
The team announced after the game senior center Isaac Haas will miss the remainder of the tournament with a fractured right elbow:
Haas had nine points and 10 rebounds in his final game as a Boilermaker.
Losing the 7'2" big man deals a blow to Purdue's championship aspirations. As the statement noted, he is among the best centers in the nation, averaging 14.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He ranked second on the team in scoring and rebounds.
Haas entered the Big Dance on a roll, averaging 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds since Jan. 25. His recent surge helped the team reach the Big Ten championship game.
The Boilermakers will still have some length in 7'3" redshirt freshman Matt Haarms, but there's no doubt they will miss Haas near the rim. Not only that, his experience cannot easily be replaced. It was a team effort for Purdue to earn a two seed, but playing without one of its top players will make it that much tougher to cut down the nets.
Purdue will play the winner of Butler-Arkansas for a trip to the Sweet 16.