Before Matt Painter and Patrick Chambers faced off Saturday afternoon, the two head coaches had a fun interaction. While waiting for their customary pregame BTN interviews, the former began interviewing the latter, when BTN analyst Stephen Bardo handed Painter the mic to make it real. Painter knew what to do, and asked Chambers, “What would you think are going to be the keys against Purdue today?” Chambers’ response: “We’re going to need a good whistle today.” The interview had both coaches laughing out loud. Also: It sure looks like Painter is comfortable on the other end of the mic. Watch
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. Listen to all 14 @B1GMBBall coaches on today's teleconference. #MarchOnBTN https://t.co/2J0BUhedFH — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 2, 2015
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. I asked five leading Big Ten writers for their choices. Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World Herald: Bo Ryan. Who else loses his three-year starting point guard and keeps winning? Get off my lawn, Bo says. Mike Miller, Bloomington Herald-Times: Everyone else has been a flavor of the week. The Badgers have more talent than before, but they’re still a reflection of Ryan’s consistency. Matt Charboneau, Detroit News: Bo
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. VIDEO: "It's my fault." – Matt Painter, brutally honest about himself & @BoilerBall's last-place finish. WATCH – http://t.co/dUQBeMFWeW — Purdue on BTN (@BTN_Purdue) March 9, 2014 Here’s what Painter had to say: “First of all, it’s my fault. It’s my
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? Tonight, each plays a road game that will set the tone for the stretch run of the season and go a long way toward determining their postseason future. [ MORE: State of Big Ten Hoops Address ] Indiana and Purdue are each 13-7 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten as they approach this “now or never” moment on Wednesday night with their seasons perhaps teetering on the brink. Well,
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.” [ MORE: Read Robbie Hummel’s heartfelt message to Purdue ] 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.
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. [ RELATED: Want to share a BTN.com video? Here’s how! ] With 8:08 left and Purdue trailing 64-46, Painter decided he had seen enough and was hit with a pair of quick technical fouls to earn an ejection. But,
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. Among the highlights: Crean steps on Painter’s ball in the rough and says, “Ohh, tough lie!” And Painter throws his ball at Crean’s while he’s teeing off, prompting Crean to say, “So, that’s how it’s going to be today?” The commercial is one