But as the team explored more options and as Haas continued to lobby the staff, that initial opinion has been questioned - if only by Haas and those who desperately want to see him play again.
Haas wore a long sleeve black shirt that said "Empathy" in white and black warmup trousers as his teammates began the game.
Purdue and Butler tip off at 12:10 p.m. ET.
The shot by Mathias made it 76-71.
"It's 1, 2 and 3", he said.
Against Fullerton, the Boilermakers got off to a slow start offensively, but Edwards continually drove the ball to the rim and drew fouls. Butler hit on just 30 percent (6-of-20) and missed its last nine 3-pointers, including the would-be overtime clincher.
After entering the half with a four-point deficit, the Bulldogs gained a 43-42 lead after Wideman stole the ball from Vincent Edwards for a fast break and dunk.
In his absence, the Boilermakers will likely do two things. "His future is more important". "We just gotta stay together and believe in each other, and I think we'll be OK". Carsen Edwards scored 13 points, but was 4 of 17 from the field.
But Haas is not ready to concede that his college career is over.
The Bulldogs forced him into an ugly turnover, and Kamar Baldwin dashed up the floor looking to tie the game.
Edwards helped preserve Purdue's late lead with a huge defensive play.
Martin scored 29 points for Butler.
And Mathias made the biggest shot of the year for Purdue. The Boilermakers play No. 10 seed Butler.
Purdue's Thompson then missed the front end of the one-and-one with 2.1 seconds left.
Haas averaged 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season.
Freshman Matt Haarms started in Haas' absence and finished the day with seven points and six rebounds.
"This is for Isaac", Haarms said. McQuaid had his shot blocked right back to him and then in one motion threw up a bank shot before the clock expired. Wearing a blazer that was half dark blue and half green, Justice spent the first half on the West Virginia sideline and the second half with the Marshall cheering section.
Painter shakes his head: "Oh he's not going to play". Most of Taylor's minutes have come in mop-up duty.
"That's my brother, man", Haarms said.
That's what at stake for a conference that continues to enjoy steady regular-season and first-weekend tournament success but hasn't put the exclamation mark on it since 2000. I'm just proud of those guys.