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Each Monday morning during the Big Ten men’s basketball season, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Monday afternoon.
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Who is the Big Ten coach of the year up to this point? There are some good candidates. You can make a case for Purdue’s Matt Painter, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others.
Matt Painter was brutally honest about the state of the Purdue basketball program and the coaching job he did this season in his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a season-ending loss to Northwestern, which clinched the No. 12 seed in next week’s Big Ten tourney, Painter, on several occasions, said, “It’s my fault.” Watch Painter in this post.
The finger is poised above the panic button at Indiana and Purdue, in-state brothers bound by basketball love that has grown bad in 2013-14. What’s the postseason future of these teams?
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.”
Entering Wednesday night’s game at Illinois, Purdue had lost three of its last four contests. That being the case, Matt Painter and his staff were probably already a little frustrated before things tipped. And that frustration only got worse as Purdue couldn’t hold onto the ball (16 turnovers) and allowed offensive rebound after offensive rebound (22). Eventually, it all boiled over.
Here’s something well worth your time. It’s a new Infiniti commercial that features ESPN’s Bill Raftery, Indiana’s Tom Crean, Purdue’s Matt Painter and Butler’s Brad Stephens as teammates in a Best Ball Scramble. Thing is, the rivals on the hardwood have a hard time understanding that they’re on the same team. It’s all in good fun, of course.