Purdue center Isaac Haas shoots with his right elbow wrapped during warmups before an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Butler in Detroit, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Purdue shoots 42 percent from behind the 3-point line, which is the highest percentage in the Big Ten and second in the nation to only William & Mary.
"It was really up to Coach Painter and how he felt I was a liability at the time", Haas said. "That's been big for us all year and he's been consistent on doing it". "But I think we also showed we've got a lot of pieces and we've got a lot of guys and we were able to hang in there and get this one".
A 3-pointer by Edwards started a 7-0 run that put Purdue ahead 61-51. Head coach Matt Painter said it would have been highly unlikely that Haas would have seen any action had he been cleared, but Haas said he would've done his best to convince the coach he was healthy enough to play.
Freshman Matt Haarms started in Haas' absence and finished the day with seven points and six rebounds.
Carsen Edwards hit two free throws with just under three minutes to play in the first half to give Purdue its first lead. Haarms said Haas helped him with words of support and advice from the bench throughout the game. "You just kind sat back there and you pointed. It's your turn now".
Edwards found several different ways to score while bouncing around the Boilermakers' lineup Sunday.
This will obviously have major implications on this second round matchup but Butler will still have its hands full with Purdue. Haarms played 27 minutes against Butler when the two Indiana-based teams met in a non-conference game in December.
Haas fell on his right elbow midway through the second half while chasing down a rebound against 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton on Friday. Along with Edwards and Mathias, P.J.
An X-ray showed that Haas' fracture will require surgery.
I'm not sure what to make of the Purdue Boilermakers without Isaac Haas, as they weren't good defensively in their win over Butler, allowing the Bulldogs to shoot 49.1 percent from the field and were about even on the glass without their big man. So it was a surprise afterward when the Boilermakers ruled him out.