January 9, 2008
Video: Painter says freshmen make State better in '08
EAST LANSING - Michigan State coach Tom Izzo rightly chastized his ballclub for getting out-hustled, out-worked, and out-toughed by a young Purdue basketball team in 78-75 thriller on Tuesday.
Izzo described his No. 6 Spartans (14-1, 2-0) as a good basketball team that has a chance to be very good if his players learn to play with the toughness and physicality that Big Ten title teams did in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Purdue coach Matt Painter also sees the potential in a Michigan State team that is much-improved over the ballclub that his Boilermakers played one season ago.
Most of Painter's post-game press conference is spent answering questions on his own basketball team. But during his 8-minutes at the podium, the second-year Purdue head coach did give insight into the area's where he sees improvement on Izzo's team, which he believes is a favorite to win the Big Ten and a make a run at a Final Four by season's end.
Painter believes that the emergence of Kalin Lucas and improvement of Raymar Morgan and other Michigan State veterans gives the Spartans options in addition to Drew Neitzel that allows for team with more dimensions and versatility.
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