Purdue has been one of the most impressive basketball teams in the country this season. And Matt Painter has done one of the most impressive coaching jobs.
Painter has gotten so much out of his No. 5 Boilermakers, in fact, that he was named Midseason Coach of the Year by Andy Katz of NCAA.com.
“Painter has been coaching this group for what seems like a year after starting out with a silver medal in the world university games in Taiwan last summer, but he and the Boilermakers show no fatigue,” Katz wrote. “This crew genuinely exhibits sheer joy on the court. Purdue went 1-2 in the Bahamas, including a critical seventh-place win over Arizona. Since then, Painter has rectified that situation and Purdue is a threat to grab a top-two line seed and a Final Four berth.”
Matt Painter named midseason Coach of the Year
— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) January 12, 2018
Painter is in his 13th season at Purdue and is about to make the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time. The Boilermakers can also win the Big Ten regular-season title for the second straight year.
Purdue, which is tied for fifth in the latest AP Top 25, has won 12 games in a row and enters Saturday’s game against Minnesota with a 16-2 record, 5-0 in the Big Ten.