Though Purdue is coming off a first-round upset loss to Arkansas-Little Rock in last year’s tournament, their regular season was largely successful. Their 26-8 record (12-6 in conference) was good for a third-place finish in the Big Ten conference. They got off to a hot 11-0 start that saw them move up the rankings to as high as nine. Heading into the 2016-17 season, they’ll be returning last year’s top-10 national recruit in center Caleb Swanigan. At only 6-8, Swanigan set a Purdue freshman record for rebounds and averaged 10.2 points per game, earning him a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team. They’ll hope he can take a step forward to compensate for the loss of center A.J. Hammons, who was drafted 46th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in June’s NBA draft.
On Sunday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Purdue head men’s basketball coach Matt Painter agreed to a 3-year contract extension. The deal will take him through 2022. Painter has been coach of the Boilermakers since the 2005-2006 season and has a career record of 238-133 that includes eight NCAA Tournament appearances over 11 years.