Purdue’s Suffer huge blow; Robbie Hummel Lost for the Year
Hummel was injured in No. 3 Purdue’s win at Minnesota on Wednesday. An MRI exam on Thursday confirmed the injury, the school said.
Hummel injured his knee on a drive to the basket in the first half of Purdue’s 59-58 win. He fell to the floor in pain, clutching his knee, and couldn’t put weight on his leg as he was helped off.
“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,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement issued by the school. “As he begins his recovery and rehab, Robbie will continue to provide integral leadership as we pursue our team goals down the stretch.”
The loss is a devastating blow to Purdue (24-3, 12-3 Big Ten), which is widely regarded as having a strong chance to reach this year’s Final Four. Hummel, a 6-foot-8 junior, was the Boilermakers’ second-leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He scored in double figrues in 24 of Purdue’s 27 games this season and led the team with 43 3-pointers.
Hummel missed several games last season with a back injury, and the Boilermakers struggled without him.
Purdue started the season 14-0 and and extended it’s current win streak to 10 games with Wednesday’s victory. The Boilermakers host No. 14 Michigan State on Sunday.