Matt Painter discusses tragedy, daughter at Purdue

Matt Painter addressed Tuesday’s tragedy at Purdue following the team’s frustrating double-overtime loss at Northwestern, and he put the wild day in perspective. Painter said: “I don’t think basketball really is that important when something that tragic happens. We weren’t on campus, we weren’t there. But it’s, you know, it’s really senseless. It makes absolute no sense.”

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Painter’s daughter is a freshman at Purdue. He said she was in class when the tragic shooting occurred and that she got into her room and stayed there.

“It affects everybody,” Painter said. “It alarms the world, not just the people there.”

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Prior to tip Tuesday night, Northwestern held a moment of silence. Watch it below:

The Northwestern student section, The Wildside, also honored Purdue:




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Craig on 1/22/2014 @ 8:28am EDT Said:

As a Purdue grad and fan I was deeply saddened by yesterday’s events in West Lafayette. I want to commend the Northwestern fans for their show of support for Purdue, specifically the students who had the “Stand With Purdue” painted on their chest’s. It was a simple gesture but goes to show we are all human and regardless of our school affiliation we all pull together in times of crisis. Kudos to those young men!

JP on 1/22/2014 @ 1:14pm EDT Said:

Pretty awesome of those Northwestern students. Classy move.