Purdue Matt Painter Zach Edey Mar 21, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter talks to the media during the practice day at Gainbridge FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Purdue Boilermakers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday after a deft performance against Utah State. Purdue is just two games away from the Final Four, which would be head coach Matt Painter’s first of his career. Led by Zach Edey, Purdue is one of the best teams in the nation, but after losing last year to 16th-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson, the consensus isn’t really in their favor. But while criticism has sharpened against them, Painter lashed back at critics on Sunday following the win.

A reporter asked the Purdue head coach about critics of Edey’s. The reigning National Player of the Year would have likely been a lottery pick 20 years ago, but with basketball having changed a bit, some are out on Edey and aren’t thinking highly of him and his admittedly slow play at times. But Painter was having absolutely none of it.

“Yeah, they just shouldn’t cover basketball,” Painter matter-of-factly told reporters following the Boilermakers’ win. “You go to school, and you learn things or whatever. But we all don’t like every single class we’re in, right? It’s kind of a necessary evil. It’s like going to work. You don’t like everybody you work with, or you don’t like certain parts of your job. It’s tough right? You’ve gotta be able to deal with certain things that are difficult.”

Painter later suggested that journalists should be required to take a basketball quiz to test their knowledge prior to entering the field, among other things.

Suffice it to say, Painter’s comments sparked significant discussion on Sunday afternoon amid the NCAA Tournament’s crazy first weekend. Many liked what the Purdue coach had to say after backing up his best player.

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