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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: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:51 pm
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

I keep seeing people claiming Purdue won't win the Big 10 now.  News flash...they have to lose two games of the next three to not grab a share.  Michigan State @ Purdue...IU @ Purdue...Purdue @ Penn State.  Now its possible for Purdue to lose two...but Purdue is still better than Penn State and IU big time and might even still be better than MSU.



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:25 pm
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

You can add Coble from Northwestern and Creek from Indiana to that list of Big 10 injuries.  I know they arent championship contending teams but they were major set backs for their team.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:11 pm
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Wow.  To bad your wrong!  Stupid words coming from a gay badger.  Wisconson is always overrated and we ARE the better team.  RIP Hummel



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:08 pm
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

You are clueless and obviously biase. Wisconsin and Purdue (1)both played the same team(2)in the same arena(3)at the same time on year. You didnt have the staple of your team get injured mid 1st half like Purdue. AND YOU LOST. Purdue is hands down the better team RIGHT NOW. This loss of Hummel will be. If he gets back by sweet 16 Purdue is still a contender. Don't sleep on em now.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:01 pm
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

There are always a few individuals who seem to think anything that reduces your team (read injuries) benefits their team. It is a sad way to view a contest among talented young athletes. I do hope Hummel and all Big Ten athletes will be healthy in time for the dance.  I for one will be cheering for all Big Ten teams.




Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2010 11:51 am
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

I feel bad for Purdue, but an injury to a key player is not new in Big Ten.

Ohio State - Evan Turner
Michigan State - Kalin Lucas
Wisconsin - Jon Leuer

That's why basketball is a team sport, and not an individual sport. You either learn how to play without the guy, or you lose.

Michigan State played awful without Lucas, OSU was nothing without Turner, Wisconsin really isn't that great with or without Leuer, and Purdue will not win the conference without Hummel. It stinks for Purdue, but they can either more forward, or now have an excuse as to why they will lose to MSU, not win the Big Ten regular season, get knocked out in the BTT, not get a #1 seed, and not advance past the third round of the NCAAs. That's life.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2010 11:50 am
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Lol to the ND fan - Gody takes 25 shots a game - he is replaceable - it adds balance to an unbalanced team. RH was an integral part of a very good TEAM and he clearly exhibits all traits of a team player.

Def hoping the best for the kid. Cuse might be competing with PU for a 1 seed but thats out the window. This is a kids career we are talking about. SU had a year couple years ago where we lost two guys to ACL's in one season. Ive seen falls like Robbie's that looked horrible and ended up being just an MCL or severe bruise. Hoping for the best!




Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:54 am
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Yea, every team has those few fans that give their entire fan base a bad name. 

Gody is more important to his team but not more important to the outcome the basketball season.  When any good player gets hurt on any top 5 team it is bigger news then a great player on a top 50 team.  

What the heck is going on with all the Big 10 injuries this year?  

Wasnt it a team from the so called terrible big 10 that beat TWO #1 over seeded big east teams last march.  How many teams has the big 10 put int he final four in the past 10 years?  A LOT more then the big east!
 



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:50 am
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

That is obviously a tough loss for Purdue.  I think it's sad to see some fans celebrating this injury, hoping it will help out their respected teams.  As a KSU fan, a Purdue loss in the next three weeks could move my Cats up in the rankings but in no way am I celebrating what happened to Hummel, I think he is a respectable player on a respectable team.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:39 am
 

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

Please try and ignore this other badger fan. He is giving other Badger fans like myself a bad name. Anyways, on to hummel, This is a tough break for Purdue, with him Purdue is a legit final four team, without him, maybe sweet sixteen. I hope that Robbie coes back healty for the tourney, I would love nothing more than to see one (or more) Big Ten teams make it to indianapolis, I always root for fellow conference teams in March (except Minnesota). I was hoping for a rematch with Purdue in the Big Ten Tourney with both teams healthy, but I guess that won't happen. Good luck to Hummel


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