Matt Painter Wins Big Ten Coach of the Year
6-5 in December. 23-8 and co-Big Ten champions in March.
Yeah, it was an easy decision for Matt Painter to be named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) March 11, 2019
Not to mention he was coming off a season that was perhaps the best in Purdue basketball history, losing four seniors from another Sweet 16 team.
It's the fourth time Painter has brought home the award, and the first time he has since 2011. He did in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011.
He's now tied for the 3rd most Big Ten Coach of the Year awards trailing Bob Knight by one and Gene Keady by three.
No better man to have on your bench than @CoachPainter.
That was the case even before he was named B1G COY for the fourth time. pic.twitter.com/5QlMmjbVLN
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) March 11, 2019
Purdue is the second seed in this week's Big Ten tournament in Chicago, and will play the winner of Minnesota vs. Penn State on March 15 at 6:00 p.m.