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Purdue C Isaac Haas Will Reportedly Try To Play Through Fractured Elbow

Purdue might not have to be without its best player for the rest of the NCAA Tournament after all.

On Friday, Purdue announced that star senior center Isaac Haas would have to miss the rest of the tourney with a fractured elbow. This appeared to be a devastating blow to the Boilermakers' national title hopes.

However, CBS' Allie LaForce reported this afternoon that Haas practiced with the team today. He wore a brace on his injured elbow.

If the NCAA clears the brace and Purdue decides Haas is cleared to play, he will apparently try to gut it out tomorrow against Butler.

Here's LaForce's report.

Haas' replacement, Matt Haarms, is a better athlete and could be a defensive upgrade. However, Haas' size and effectiveness in the low post on offense are major pluses for Purdue.

The Boilermakers and Bulldogs will tip off at 12:10 p.m. ET tomorrow on CBS. We will provide you with any updates on Haas' status.

The two teams met in the regular season back on Dec. 16, with the Boilermakers winning 82-67. Haas scored 15 points and grabbed three rebounds.