There were more than 100 fans and, apparently, at least one reporter and photographer waiting at the Purdue Airport at 1:30 a.m. Thursday when Boilermakers star Robbie Hummel emerged from his team's plane on crutches. That should help you understand just how devastating Hummel's season-ending injury is to the Boilermakers.
Purdue's 15.7-points-per-game scorer had his knee buckle late in the first half of Wednesday's game at Minnesota and, as many feared when it happened, he tore his ACL.
I'd already spent part of this week's Power Rankings breaking down the race for the last No. 1 NCAA tournament seed, which was believed to be Purdue's to lose but now could be wide open (see below). The Boilers will have to show the committee over these last couple of weeks that they can still win without him, which they did in dramatic fashion Wednesday at Minnesota but will be hard-pressed to do against Michigan State this weekend or in the Big Ten tournament.
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