It was a big week for Purdue with three wins over possible NCAA Tournament teams. It was also a big week for Isaac Haas. He started a little slow on Tuesday night with 9 points and four rebounds in the win over Louisville. In the two games against conference competition he was a raging monster, and that got him Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Friday night at Louisville he had one of the best games of his career with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and four blocked shots, even dominating after leaving the game with an injury at one point. Yesterday he was even better, dropping 26 points and nine rebounds on Northwestern.
Not only was Haas big against Northwestern, he was clutch. he tied the game at 67-67 with 2:04 left and tied it against at 69-69 on a pair of free throws with 1:16 left. After a Bryant McIntosh turnover Purdue went right back to Haas, who scored on a hook with 43 seconds left to put Purdue in front for good.
This is the first time a Purdue player has won Player of the Week honors this year, but Biggie won seemingly all of them last season anyway. I believe it is the first time Haas specifically has won.