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February 21, 2009

No Player is Irreplaceable, Except Robbie Hummel (cont.)

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 10:45 am

(I realize Unfiltered is fast becoming all-medical here, but, yo, these are all big stories.)

Last night Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette Journal & Courier posted a report on his blog saying that “chances are” Purdue‘s Robbie Hummel “has played his final game of the 2008-09 season.” Washburn reports that Hummel’s vertebrae fracture has worsened.

If Washburn’s sources prove correct, this is terrible news for Matt Painter‘s team. As already noted in Unfiltered, Hummel is absolutely critical to Purdue on both the offensive (three-point shooting) and defensive (rebounding) ends. The Boilermakers simply aren’t the same team without him.

Purdue plays three of their last five at home (Indiana, Ohio State, and Northwestern), with road games at Michigan and Michigan State. Hummel’s absence actually might not impact the Boilers’ record in those five games as much as it will cast doubt on how far this team can go in the NCAA tournament. If true it’s a very, very tough break for the Boilers. 

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