Purdue loses Hummel for season to torn ACL

Hummel's injury will hurt Purdue's chances of securing a No.1 seed in the Big Dance.

Hummel's injury will hurt Purdue's chances of securing a No.1 seed in the Big Dance.

Purdue got some horrible news Thursday when MRI results confirmed that Robbie Hummel has a torn right ACL.

Hummel’s right knee buckled while he was driving to the basket in No.3 Purdue’s 59-58 victory over Minnesota Wednesday night. He was unable to put weight on his right leg and doctors immediately suspected a torn ACL, Fox Sports reported early Thursday.

The 6-8 junior was averaging 15.9 and 6.9 rebounds this season. He was able to overcome the chronic back problems that plagued him throughout his sophomore campaign.

The Boilermakers (24-3, 12-3) will have to regroup quickly to prepare for Sunday’s battle against Michigan State. The loss of Hummel suddenly makes Purdue a very small team.

It will be interesting to see what adjustments Matt Painter makes as we head into March.

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