Tag:Robbie Hummel
Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:16 am

No surprise in Big Ten media poll

The Big Ten announced Thursday that media members who cover the league have voted Michigan State as the preseason favorite and MSU point guard Kalin Lucas as the Player of the Year. My ballot would've featured Michigan State as the favorite and Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger as the Player of the Year. But Lucas -- a veteran from a team that's made two straight Final Fours -- is certainly the more conventional pick for Player of the Year. So the announcement doesn't really come as a surprise.

Worth noting: Ohio State was picked second, Purdue third.

So the Big Ten media only dropped the Boilermakers one spot because of Robbie Hummel's injury.

Again, it's not what I'd do.

But it's certainly a reasonable way to vote.
Posted on: October 18, 2010 10:04 am
Edited on: October 18, 2010 10:15 am

Where should Purdue be ranked now?

That's a question I've been asked many times since Robbie Hummel tore his anterior cruciate ligament at Saturday morning's practice, and I'm afraid Purdue fans won't like my answer. But here's the truth: The Boilermakers shouldn't be considered Big Ten contenders anymore, which means they can't be ahead of Michigan State or Ohio State. I'd also hesitate to keep them ahead of Illinois. So I guess what I'm saying is that I'd probably start Purdue somewhere between 17th and 22nd in the country, and around fourth in the Big Ten (although that fourth in the Big Ten could easily be fifth or sixth if you like Wisconsin and/or Minnesota).

In other words, this is just as bad as you think.

Programs like Purdue can consistently be good, but they only get shots at greatness every once in a while. Hummel's torn ACLs -- first last season, then this season -- have taken away two of those shots. I genuinely believe the Boilermakers would've been a No. 1 seed and Final Four participant last season if Hummel was never injured, and they would've been contenders just the same this season if not for Saturday's awkward fall. Now fourth in the Big Ten seems like a reasonable goal. It's not fair. It's just reality.

But I really do hope Purdue overachieves and proves me wrong.

I hate being wrong, as you know.

But I wouldn't mind being wrong about this.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 16, 2010 1:04 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 1:25 pm

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

Purdue senior Robbie Hummel tore his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than eight months during Saturday's practice and will now miss the upcoming season while rehabbing, school officials have announced.

"This is obviously disappointing for Robbie, as well as our team, since he worked so hard to return from the tear he suffered in February,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter. “As he begins his rehab and recovery, we’ll persevere together and provide Robbie with all the support possible. I have no doubt he’ll continue to play a pivotal role this season as a leader of our team."

The ACL tear is in the same knee as last season's ACL tear.

This development is the latest setback in Hummel's injury riddled career. Purdue would've been a Final Four favorite last season had Hummel not torn his ACL in February. The Boilermakers are ranked third in the CBSSports.com preseason Top 25 (and one), but a Final Four without Hummel seems unlikely given what the 6-foot-8 forward means to the team.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2010 4:10 pm

Hummel done for season with torn ACL

An MRI performed Thursday revealed that Purdue junior Robbie Hummel has a torn ACL in his right knee that will cause him to miss the remainder of the season.

"Injuries are a part of the game, but this is obviously disappointing on multiple levels because of everything Robbie Hummel has done for this program both on and off the court,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter. “As he begins his recovery and rehab, Robbie will continue to provide integral leadership as we pursue our team goals down the stretch."

Hummel -- who entered Wednesday night's game at Minnesota averaging 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds -- buckled when he planted his right leg on a drive into the lane against the Golden Gophers with 7:11 left in the first half of the eventual 59-58 win. The 6-foot-8 forward was helped off the court and taken to the locker room before returning to the bench on crutches early in the second half. Hummel watched the rest of the game in warm-ups, then traveled home with his teammates.

The Boilermakers are 24-3 overall, 12-3 in the Big Ten.

Their next game is Sunday afternoon against Michigan State on CBS.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:23 am

A MRI will determine Purdue's Final Four odds

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.
Category: NCAAB
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