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Painter hoping changes help Purdue stand tall

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Painter is trying to change course at Purdue.

He brought in six new players who fit his old-school style, has decided to go big in the middle and remains focused on getting back to basics.

He’s even teaching players how to play a zone defense.

After 35 losses over the past two seasons and a last-place finish in the Big Ten in 2013-14, Painter felt like he had no choice but to re-create the blue-collar, overachieving culture that made Purdue a regular title contender under former coach Gene Keady.

 

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