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6 Purdue Boilermakers
Seth Davis
November 23, 2009
During a pickup game with Purdue teammates in late July, junior forward Robbie Hummel drove to the basket and made a layup. That would not have been noteworthy except that eight months earlier, in the Boilermakers' loss to Oklahoma, Hummel made a similar play and felt a sharp pain in his lower back. It turned out that he had a stress fracture in his L-5 vertebrae, which would force him to miss five games. So when he didn't feel a thing while making the same move last summer, Hummel breathed a sigh of relief. "That was one of those moments," he says, "when I realized I was finally O.K."
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November 23, 2009

6 Purdue Boilermakers

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Feb. 20 Illinois

Feb. 24 at Minnesota

Feb. 27 Michigan State

March 2 Indiana

March 6 at Penn State

*Paradise Jam in St. Thomas (championship game on Nov. 23)

†Indianapolis

KEY GAME

The Boilermakers will start the New Year with an important test against a Big East power, West Virginia. A win would boost their confidence early in Big Ten play; a loss could leave them wondering if they were overhyped.

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