The Boilermakers played the annual Spring Game in front of tens of fans last Saturday. BTN was even there sorta. Purdue dealt with another knee injury. It's Purdue football! Catch the fever!
Kendall Stephens time at Purdue is over.
The Handsome Hour gets together to talk about setting expectations for a "successful" Purdue basketball season, Matt Painter earning these high expectations, the program's approach to recruiting, and improvements that need to be made for Purdue to take the next step under Coach Painter.
Top 3 in the Big Ten regular season, 25 wins, and a Sweet 16 berth. Are these fair goals for Matt Painter and Purdue basketball? Let's dive into the data and find out.
Our expectations were pretty positive and pretty fair...and we were disappointed a few weeks ago. If you accept the ending of the season as 'okay', you're part of the problem that Purdue athletics are mired in. The days of a class that expected to go to the Sweet 16 each year seems like ancient history.
The Boilermakers' 2015-2016 basketball season came to an end on Thursday night, when Purdue fell to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in a heartbreaking 2OT loss. Michael, Aneesh, and JMoney get together to talk about the frustrations of this ending after everything broke right for Purdue all year, Matt Painter's coaching decisions during that game, and how those same issues can be corrected after a decade of similar mistakes.
Big 14 teams continue in all four tournaments this weekend, headed by the Indiana-Kentucky second-round matchup at 5:15 PM on Saturday. Purdue's women also faced Oklahoma while I was writing this, but let's not talk about that score.
We said earlier in the season -- several times -- that this was a significant season for Matt Painter. There really were no excuses for underachievement or collapses this year. There were no major injuries, no sudden transfers, no cancerous malcontents on the team. This team had talent, depth, experience and hunger. It was time for Coach Painter to bring it all together.