The college basketball world was shocked this offseason when Purdue 7-foot-3 center Matt Haarms decided to enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal. With one year of eligibility remaining, the energetic big man opted to finish his collegiate career at BYU.
Haarms enjoyed plenty of success while at Purdue. Not only was he a member of some really good teams under head coach Matt Painter, the seven-footer averaged 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game for his career with the Boilermakers.
Oh, and he was a perfect 7-0 in games against Purdue’s biggest rival, Indiana.
Recently, Haarms joined FOX Sports to talk about his decision to leave Purdue and his future at BYU. The ex-Boiler was also given the opportunity to say something to his haters with the platform. And while Purdue fans may be sad to see Haarms go, they’ll really enjoy his message to Indiana.
“All I have to say is 7-0 to Indiana,” Haarms said. “That’s just some light-hearted trash talk. It’s all a game in the end. You’re just having fun with it. Even though you’re super passionate about it, even though you’re hating me. Hey, thanks! We did well. We did well against you guys.”
Haarms was a player who got under the skin of Indiana fans during his time in West Lafayette. As a player who showed a lot of emotion on the floor and brought energy every single night, he was a player the Hoosiers loved to hate.
But Haarms ultimately got the last word. Not only was he perfect against IU, he made a game-winning tip-in in Bloomington with 3.2 seconds remaining to lead Purdue to a 48-46 victory over Indiana. He finished that game with six points, four rebounds and three blocks.
This past season, in two games against IU, Haarms combined to score 14 points, grab 10 rebounds and block three shots.
Though Haarms only played five games against Indiana, he was a member of Purdue’s team during the 2016-17 season, when Purdue swept that season series, as well.
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