The NCAA ruled that a brace Isaac Haas hoped to use to protect his injured elbow wasn’t in accordance with the official rule book’s standard for player safety. Haas had previously fractured his left elbow in Purdue’s 74-48 win over Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and the program announced afterward the senior would miss the remainder of the season.
The protective brace was seen as a last resort to preserve Haas’ season. Instead, the No. 2 Boilermakers took the court for their second-round matchup Sunday against No. 10 Butler without their starting center. Purdue won, 76-73.
Isaac Haas tried wearing a brace to protect his elbow. In accordance with the NCAA MBB rules book, the officials inspected it and determined it didn't meet player safety standards as outlined in Rule 1, Section 26 (page 30) of the rules book. https://t.co/yTY0JHYb04
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Haas practiced with the team Saturday, shooting lay-ups and hookshots, while wearing the brace. Haas’ likelihood of playing Sunday was slim, even with the brace, but coach Matt Painter said Saturday that Haas would dress for the game.
“He can go out there and get in warmups and do things but I don’t think he’s going to play,” Painter said then “I’m obviously not a doctor. But I’ve been able to look at it and see — he just went through things today and just getting loose and everything. His legs aren’t broke. So you’re allowed to still run when your elbow is fractured.”
The NCAA ruled against that scenario, and Haas watched from the bench as backup Matt Haarms, viral hair and all, finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Haas told reporters afterwards he might’ve ended up playing against Butler if the brace had been approved by the NCAA. He didn’t rule out making a later appearance in the tournament if the team can find a different brace the NCAA approves of.
Isaac Haas on the elbow brace and the possibility of playing. pic.twitter.com/ewNlV87ye5
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