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Hummel 'crushed' but recovering

Robbie Hummel, leaning on crutches, was in Mackey Arena on Friday watching film and practice.

He won't be available for comment for some time -- perhaps the rest of the season -- but coach Matt Painter and some teammates talked Friday about Hummel's reaction to his season-ending knee injury.

  • "It will eat him alive. It will be very difficult for him," Painter said during his Friday teleconference. "You go through a period where you feel sorry for yourself. I think that's normal. It's a very hard thing to do. You can't say anything or do anything to change what happened to the young man. You just can't. People say, 'What can I do to help?' You can't help. It's something that absolutely stinks. He's got to be able to work his way through this, and we've got to be there for him and support him and get ready for next year."
  • "I definitely know that crushed him that he can't be out on the court with us," junior classmate E'Twaun Moore said. "I know if something happened to me or somebody else, he would be there for us. So we've just got to be there for him and go play hard and try to win games for him."
  • "We kind of knew (it was bad)," Grant said. "You could tell by (athletic trainer) Jeff (Stein)'s face. You're still trying to keep a good spirit, but you could tell, get that vibe. (Rob) is going to support us, and we'll try to win as many games as we can."