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In his words: Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter

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Boiler coach praises seniors following league win

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Purdue University men's basketball coach Matt Painter spoke with the media following his team's victory over Minnesota at Mackey Arena on Saturday.

On senior Dru Anthrop:

"Dru is just a guy that is trying to compete and win in the moment. When you start to recruit guys, it takes a while to figure out their strengths, to figure out some things about them. But the one thing that you should do when you join a basketball team is to compete to win at all times. That's what Dru does. In practices and in games."

On A.J. Hammons:

"I told a recruit before the game that A.J. was ready to play. Just by the way that he prepared himself. You could tell by the look in his eyes. The consistency is his number one thing, but it's also the preparation leading up to a practice, leading up to a game, it's not the actual game or practice. That's what he has to do a better job of . He just needs to grow up as a player and once he does that, he's going to be tough to stop. We are a pretty good basketball team when he's ready to play."

On the improved play of his team:

"You have to see back-to-back performances of fighting. There are two things to winning a basketball game, putting yourself in position to win a game, then wining it. You can't do that second part unless you do the first part. At times, we weren't doing the first part. I didn't like our fight. We had some games this year where we gave in. We haven't done that here in the past couple of weeks."

On the play of senior D.J. Byrd:

"It's such a hard thing. It's very emotional on Senior Day for everybody. You want to go out and the one thing that you don't want to do is have the preconceived thought about what you want to do. You have to let the game come to you. You have to play to your strengths and I thought that he did that today. I thought that he knocked down some shots, rebounded, but I thought he moved the ball. You can see that by his five assists and one turnover. It was obviously a very good day for our seniors."