Purdue big man Matt Haarms had a lot to say on Monday on the Big Ten Network.
He chatted with Matt Hall for more than 5 minutes on a number of subjects, from Isaac Haas to his now-famous hair to watching other tournament games.
You can see the full interview below:
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Hall started with one of the bigger questions — what Haarms thought when he found out that Haas, who has a fractured elbow, wouldn’t be playing against Butler in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
The freshman from the Netherlands said he knew he would be starting once Haas got hurt, but the team did not realize he would not play at all until his brace was not approved by the NCAA.
He did say Haas was an “A+” cheerleader, though.
“He was not just a cheerleader, he was a mentor,” Haarms said. “… He helped us immensely. Every time I came out of the game during a timeout, he was in our ears talking to us about things we might be able to improve. He was big-time for us.”
One of the best quotes came at the end of the interview, though, when he was asked if the Boilermakers got to watch other games. When answered yes, he admitted there were mixed feelings when Michigan beat Houston in the second round on a buzzer beater.
“There’s a little animosity there from the Big Ten Tournament final, but then you want to maybe getting another opportunity against them would also be very interesting for us as a team so you’re cheering for the Big Ten of course,” Haarms said.
As for some other highlights from the chat:
On what it was like starting after averaging 16 minutes per game off the bench:
“The only thing I was a little worried about was the tip. I hadn’t done the tip since I was like 16, but when I got that, the nerves were gone and it was a normal basketball game.”
On his now-famous hair, which flops all over the place when he plays forcing him to constantly wipe it out of his face:
“I don’t keep it in place because it goes everywhere. That’s why I’m always touching it.”
On Dakota Mathias’ big shot in the win over the Bulldogs:
“It was amazing. We ran the play. We were confident he was going to make the shot because he’s been a big shot maker for us all year. I set the screen, I turned around to look and the ball was already out of his hands so I was confused as to what was going on. I was scrambling to get the rebound and it went in and it was a big-time shot for us. I think it won us the game.”