Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter Describes Surreal Feeling of Being Ranked #1


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Matt Painter: “Obviously the feeling of being #1 is new to us, but we know how quickly things can turn. Everyone is going to give us their best game from here on out, so it’s important for us to stay grounded. We want to be able to be one of the best teams come March, and we’ve beat some great teams so far this season. But I’m extremely happy for our players; it’s great for them more than anything.”

Fresh off of his team’s 77-70 victory over Iowa, Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter joined The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon. The #2 Boilermakers will jump up to the #1 spot for the first time in program history when the new rankings are released next week. Coach Painter discussed the feeling of being the new #1 overall team, the joy he feels for his players and the fans, and the importance of remaining grounded amidst the attention.


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