Purdue Men's Basketball: Nine is fine | Basketball
A team with three freshmen among its top-five scorers and no seniors is heading into the Big Ten tournament as the fourth seed, riding a five-game winning streak.
Following a win in their last regular-season game on Saturday against Indiana (12-14, 7-12 Big Ten), the Boilermakers (18-8, 13-6) took time to reflect on their progress so far.
“They have continued to improve,” head coach Matt Painter said. “Each one of them has had a different season. One guy starts off injured, two guys redshirted the previous year, Zach (Edey) doesn’t have experience playing organized basketball.”
The win sealed a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten behind three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally and guaranteed Purdue a two-day bye in the Big Ten tournament this week.
Center Zach Edey and guard Jaden Ivey, both freshmen, were the Boilers’ top two scorers in the rivalry game, scoring 20 and 17 respectively. Edey also grabbed nine rebounds. With no other Purdue players scoring over 10 points, the team leaned on the young tandem offensively.
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