Purdue center Isaac Haas breaks elbow, out for NCAA tournament

Purdue center Isaac Haas will miss the remainder of the NCAA tournament with a broken elbow, the program announced Friday.

Haas suffered the injury battling for a rebound during the Boilermakers’ 74-48 win over Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the tournament on Friday.

Purdue players, including Haas, reportedly downplayed the injury after the game. But the program announced about an hour later that Haas had suffered a fractured right elbow, and would miss the rest of the postseason.

Haas, a 7-foot-2 senior, was the big man around whom Purdue was built on both ends. He shot 62 percent from the field during the regular season and Big Ten tournament. He averaged 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in less than 24 minutes per game. He also ranked among the top 10 in the Big Ten in block percentage, and affected many opponent shots in ways that don’t show up on the stat sheet.

In his absence, the Boilermakers will likely do two things. Matt Haarms, a 7-foot-3 freshman from the Netherlands, will be pushed into a larger role. And head coach Matt Painter will presumably be forced to experiment with small-ball lineups featuring versatile 6-foot-8 wing Vince Edwards at the five.

Purdue, a No. 2 seed in the East region, will play either Butler or Arkansas in the second round on Sunday.

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