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Hummel will head to Houston

After not attending a Purdue game for two weeks, junior Robbie Hummel will be back on the sidelines at the Sweet 16.

Hummel had ACL reconstructive surgery on his right knee March 8. He actually was in Indianapolis at a nearby hospital while the Boilermakers played the Big Ten tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse but couldn't attend the games. He also missed the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at Spokane, Wash., last week.

But he's good to go for Purdue's trip to Houston, coach Matt Painter said Monday.

The team leaves West Lafayette on Wednesday afternoon for Houston.

  • Check out Wednesday's paper for a story on freshmen Patrick Bade and D.J. Byrd. The other scholarship freshman, Kelsey Barlow, is off-limits to media. Painter only said "it's just a decision I made" as to why Barlow can't speak to reporters.

    Bade and Byrd are going through a unique experience for Purdue: they're struggling to get playing time as freshmen. It's not something many of the leaders on the team can understand. Seniors Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant started as freshmen and so have juniors Hummel, E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson. But Kramer still tried to keep the spirits up when the youngsters struggled.

    "You can see them going through, not depression, but they're down about (not playing)," Kramer said. "After never sitting the bench in high school or AAU. You've just got to try to say, 'We need you. You never know when your time is going to come.' "