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A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:23 am

Forget the RPI.

At the moment, it's not important to Purdue.

The three letters that matter most now are MRI -- as in the MRI that's expected to be conducted on Robbie Hummel's right knee Thursday, as in the MRI that'll likely have more to do with whether the Boilermakers make the Final Four than the seed or draw the NCAA tournament selection committee deals them.

Yes, this is that big.

Hummel is not a National Player of the Year candidate, nor is he Purdue's leading scorer. But he's a crucial part to what the Boilermakers do, and everything changed when he crumbled to the floor with a knee injury in the first half of Wednesday's win at Minnesota. How bad is the injury? There's still no official word. But it's worth noting that nobody connected to Purdue is suggesting it might be OK. In other words, everybody is holding out hope, but nobody seems hopeful, and that's probably not a good sign. At least it's not usually a good sign.

Either way, this is awful.

Hummel was averaging 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and he had Purdue in position to win the Big Ten, earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and perhaps advance to the Final Four. All those things are still possible, of course. But the odds of any of them happening will decrease drastically if Hummel's MRI doesn't produce good results.

So again, forget the RPI.

The MRI is all that matters now.
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Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:46 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Not a very good team anyways?  What a cheesebrain.  If not, how did they manage road wins at Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and now at Minnesota when down 9 without Hummel. 

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:31 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

ESPN just reported, using the Purdue student newspaper as a source, that Hummel's ACL is torn.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:17 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Because N.D. has no chance to get to Indy...and maybe not even to the tourney..unless you are referring to the NIT.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:12 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Hey, badger boy.  You are an idiot.  "Purdue is not a very good team anyway".  What kind of bad drugs are you doing man.  I don't think Wisky is 22-3 and ranked #3 in the country?  I don't recall Wisky beating MSU, OSU & Minnesota on the road.  What Purdue does from here remains to be seen.  But don't make stupid idiotic comments.  Go get a good education somewhere and get your head out of a bunch of cheese.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:04 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Look I think the Badgers are a great team but we beat Minnesota at the Barn without Hummell - you... well not so much. And then Illinois beat you at HOME. We beat them in both places.

The BAdgers are great but I think the Boilers go further even without Hummell

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:58 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

wow didnt you guys lose to illinois at home.  without hummell we are going to suffer but the freshman in there now are just like the juniors we have this year.  Bryd, Barlow, and even Grant will step up with john hart and patrick bade

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:40 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Purdue fans are just upset that another year has gone by with NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. What a bunch of crybabies. Injuries happen and are part of the game, a good team would still make final four regardless, even without Hummell. You guys will lose to Mich St. and than get bounced 2nd round of both the Big Ten Tourny and the Big Dance. What a shame.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:29 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Put a fork in Purdue.  They will beat PSU and IU to win a share of the Big Ten crown, but probably won't make it out of round 2 in the Big Dance.  This program hasn't been to the Final Four in 30 years, can't see why anyone would think they're going to do it short-handed.  They aren't like UNC last year where you could lose Ty Lawson and still plug in McD's AA's and not miss a beat.  This kid was their heart and soul in addition to being their most-skilled ballplayer.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:05 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

i agree with you Wisc analysis ,  and as a fan I'm happy with it.  I think we can win 2 games, but even 1 is a great accomplishment for this team/coach.   I think Bo deserves coach of the year, but could stomach losing out to Boeheim

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:03 pm

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

is this a serious question?

 aside from being part of a much stronger team (as many pointed out) it was immediately known harangody's injury was not season-ending. what a self-centered perspective.

 and it makes me sad that only purdue fans responded with any passion to the idiot called badgers4life or whatever. it would be one thing if he was just mercenary and insensitive, but he is also either delusional or not able to process information about basketball (we know he has access to some because he posted here).

 i am only a second tier fan of both teams, and really respect them both, but there is no reason to claim wisconsin is the better team, other than your otherwise pitiful self-worth attached to them. at least give me a jerk who has something worthwhile to say, do you have any idea how much of an idiot a class guy like bo ryan would think you are, even though he probably signed the program you keep in your runpus room. none of it saves you in the end, you piece of human debris.

 that is aimed at badgers for life, and not the self-centered ND guy. he inhabits a higher circle of Hell

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