The Boilermakers overcame the absence of Isaac Haas due to an elbow fracture to hang on against 10th-seed Butler Sunday afternoon, utilizing 7-foot-3 backup big man Matt Haarms as a fill-in starter. And Haarms, you may have noticed, has quite the ‘do, and it requires quite a lot of attention, even during a tournament basketball game:
The gigantic and delightfully coiffed Haarms contributed seven points and six rebounds in 28 minutes of action, while Purdue seniors Vincent Edwards and P.J. Thompson poured in 34 points on 17 total shot attempts. Afterwards, you can probably guess, the big man was asked about maintaining his look:
“It was a little, um, a little out of the way. I don’t know, my product wasn’t holding up, I should’ve put in more, I guess. I might just go to an arts and crafts store and actually put glue in there. I don’t know, anything that keeps it up there. It’s a struggle, it’s been a year-long struggle.”
The struggle will continue next weekend, when the Boilermakers meet Texas Tech in the Sweet 16.