WITH VIDEO: Purdue guard Chris Kramer is over being hit in the nose with Manny Harris' elbow
Last year against Purdue, Michigan's Manny Harris was ejected after throwing an elbow that hit Boilermaker Chris Kramer square in the nose.
Nearly a year later, Harris and Michigan return to Purdue. The man likely guarding Harris again Saturday? Kramer.
The senior from Huntington, Ind., is over the elbow, though. It doesn’t mean he stops hearing about it.
Last year, both Michigan coach John Beilein and Purdue coach Matt Painter said they didn't feel Harris connected with Kramer with any ill intent.
“A lot of people talk about it. It’s like ‘Oh, how’s your nose?’ I’m like ‘It’s straight. I got it fixed,’” Kramer said. “But sure, my nose got broke by an elbow by Manny Harris. Intentional, not intentional, I don’t care. It happened. I moved on. He moved on.
“Our teams are both elevating their games. That’s last season, we’re trying to play for the present. No hard feelings or anything like that.”
Kramer played the remainder of last season with a mask. He told Purdue’s student newspaper, the Exponent, that he won’t bring the mask back or even wear it in warmups to remind Harris on Saturday.