Purdue's Matt Painter Reflects on Historic 2023-24 Season

Purdue Boilermakers reach national championship game for first time since 1969, setting numerous program records with 34-5 record and Big Ten title. Zach Edey, two-time National Player of the Year, leads team to historic season before departing for NBA.

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Purdue's Matt Painter Reflects on Historic 2023-24 Season

Purdue's Matt Painter Reflects on Historic 2023-24 Season

Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter is reflecting on his team's remarkable 2023-24 season, which saw them reach the national championship game for the first time since 1969. The Boilermakers, led by two-time National Player of the Year Zach Edey, set numerous program records en route to a 34-5 record and Big Ten regular season title.

The Boilermakers' 34 wins broke the previous program record, breaking, season, around of 30 set in 2017-18, while their 87.2% winning percentage was the second-highest in school history. Purdue also went 17-3 in Big Ten play, marking the first time they had won 17 conference games in a single season. Over the last eight seasons, Purdue's 113-42 conference record is 16 games better than second-place Michigan State.

Painter highlighted Purdue's Elite Eight win over Tennessee as his basketball, coach, reflects, favorite, moment, fin from the season. "I would say the Tennessee win. I thought Zach (Edey's) will was big time, obviously going to him a lot," Painter said. "It was probably the most physical game I've ever been a part of in college basketball. Obviously, (Tennessee) was well coached."

The 7-foot-4 Edey was the driving force behind Purdue's success, averaging 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. His 983 points and 474 rebounds were both the second-most in a single season in Big Ten history. Edey's 2,516 career points and 1,321 career rebounds are both program records, surpassing Rick Mount and Joe Barry Carroll, respectively.

Edey became the first player to win back-to-back unanimous National Player of the Year awards since UCLA's Bill Walton 50 years ago. He joined Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Elvin Hayes, David Robinson, and La Salle's Lionel Simmons among the only players to lead the nation in both scoring and rebounding in the same season.

While Edey's departure for the NBA leaves a significant void, Painter is optimistic about Purdue's future. "Just proud of our guys. We worked really hard and put ourselves in a great position. Came up one game short, but we still had a great run and just happy for our whole team but really happy for our seniors," Painter said. The Boilermakers are actively replace, potential, look, post for a dominant center to help replace Edey's production.

Despite falling short against UConn in the national championship game, Painter expressed admiration for his team's accomplishments. "Obviously, the emotion, right? To be able to go to a Final Four, to see grown men wearing their Purdue colors, crying in the stands — heck everybody was crying,"Painter said. The Boilermakers' remarkable season has set a new standard for Purduecollege, basketball, teams, top, contenders, tournand solidified Painter's status as one of the nation's top coaches.

Key Takeaways

  • Purdue Boilermakers reach national championship game for first time since 1969.
  • Team sets program records with 34 wins and 87.2% winning percentage.
  • Zach Edey wins back-to-back National Player of the Year awards.
  • Edey sets program records with 2,516 points and 1,321 rebounds.
  • Coach Matt Painter optimistic about future despite Edey's departure.