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In his words: Purdue coach Matt Painter on the Boilers' loss to Michigan

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Boilermaker coach pleased with some aspects of team's play

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 7:44 am

Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter spoke with the media following his team's 80-75 defeat to Michigan on Wednesday at Mackey Arena.

On his team's struggles late in the loss:

"We had some opportunities and had some good looks at the basket offensively, and some shots didn't go down. They started to knock down some shots."

On Michigan guard Trey Burke:

"Trey Burke is a very good player. One thing that you want to try your best to do is to get him out of rhythm. But when he makes speed-driblle, step-back pull-ups, you are going to shake his hand a couple of times."

On Michigan's shooting:

"They just had too many clean looks. There was Hardaway, Stauskas, and Vogrich had the one 3-pointer. He just had subbed in the game. I don't know if hes played (lately). He might have had a field goal in 16 games. It was a huge 3-pointer. I know that he missed a free throw, but that was a huge 3-pointer at a key time."

On defending Michigan's ball-screen action:

"We just tried to stay with them. We tried to get into them as much as possible. You are stopping them from scoring, but you are also trying to stop them from passing. When they pick up the basketball, you have to do a good job of defending the pass. With that, we tried to keep the ball on the sides, so they weren't attacking the middle of the court."

On the effort of Sandi Marcius:

"It shows that our fans are pretty educated and they know what is going on. People just want to see somebody play hard. Our fans, when they are cheering for him, it's because of what he did at Wisconsin, and he continued to play hard. He gave us energy. He's got a positive outlook. He's got a smile on his face, he's happy to be here. He worked hard. He did some really good things for us. It's too bad that he got hurt (ankle)."