No. 14 Purdue lost to Michigan on Saturday, dropping the Boilermakers to 12-4 in conference play, only half a game ahead of 11-4 Wisconsin.
After the game, Purdue coach Matt Painter was asked how he would approach the last week of the regular season now that his team was neck-and-neck with the Badgers.
“We haven’t played well the last couple games. We have to play better,” Painter said. “Our approach is, just like anything else, you have to go back and try to fix the things that you went against. But we don’t face Michigan on Tuesday. You’re fixing some things that aren’t going to come out. Like, Indiana gives you some different problems. So we play Indiana on Tuesday, so we’ve got to get prepared for them.”
Painter then apologized for not directly answering the question but said that, “You don’t worry about a race, you don’t worry about winning the Big Ten, you worry about playing better.”
Purdue hosts Indiana on Tuesday, then concludes the regular season by playing at Northwestern on March 5.