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Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Halftime thoughts: No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 10 Butler

Halftime thoughts: No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 10 Butler

Coach Matt Painter has gone on the record saying that Haas is unlikely to play, but the team is listing their big man as a game-time decision heading into their Round of 32 matchup nonetheless.

Purdue (29-6) defeated Butler 82-67 in the Crossroads Classic on December 16, and on Friday defeated 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton 74-48 to advance to the round of 32.

Haas grimaced his way through a few shots during warm-ups, but the senior being able to participate and contribute less than 48 hours after fracturing his elbow was never realistic.

BC-BKC-NCAA-Butler-Purdue, 1st Ld-Writethru, 500 Purdue wins without Haas, holds off Butler 76-73AP Photo MICO108, MICO106, MIPS117, MIPS119Eds: APNewsNow.

And yet, Haas is warming up ahead of Purdue's second round game. He said yesterday that he expected to just play the way he always does, except for more minutes, and that has been essentially what's happened today. "He worked really hard".

The Bulldogs (21-13) may also be limited Sunday as guard Paul Jorgenson is listed as a game-time decision because of an ankle injury.

Edwards' 20 points, including a 3-pointer that pushed Purdue's lead to nine points midway through the second half, led a pack of double-digit scorers for Purdue.

In the First Round, the Bulldogs topped the No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks, 79-62. Butler shot nearly 50 percent for the game and outrebounded Arkansas 45-25. Expect to see a healthy dosage of 3-pointers against Butler. "We're going to prepare either way and be ready to go tomorrow". He missed a long stretch of the first half with two fouls (and has three at the half), but scored three straight baskets when he returned to the game and finished the half with a team-high 12 points.

"He's trying to convince me, but it is what it is", Painter said.

"His future is more important", Painter said.

Without Haas, Purdue's depth in the post is in question. His monster block in the final two minutes erased what looked like Butler's best chance to tie the game in its closing moments. However, that's mainly for Haas' mental well-being more than anything, Painter said.

"He wants to play and he wants to get out there", Painter said. "In our last game, Matt Haarms played 27 minutes in the game, so we're used to playing half the game without him anyway, so it doesn't change much".

"Every day at practice, this group, they came and they embraced and they were willing to learn", Butler coach LaVall Jordan said.

"I think we are a lot more fluid offensively", Jordan said.

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