Last week, 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, Purdue might not have to be without its best player for the rest of the NCAA Tournament after all. Haas missed the Boilermakers' game against Butler over the weekend, but new reports state he's making an effort to play against Texas Tech.
Haas will wear a brace, and the brace also needs to be cleared in order for the star player to take the court.
If the NCAA clears the brace and Purdue decides Haas is cleared to play, he will apparently try to gut it out on Friday against Texas Tech.
Haas' replacement, Matt Haarms, played well in relief. Haarms paced the Boilermakers with 29 minutes and racked up seven points, six rebounds and blocked two shots. However, Haas' size and effectiveness in the low post on offense are major pluses for Purdue.
The Boilermakers and Red Raiders will tip off at 9:57 p.m. ET on TBS this Friday. We will provide you with any updates on Haas' status.