Notes: Painter looks ahead to Iowa

Purdue coach Matt Painter looks ahead to the Boilers' game with Iowa.

-- Purdue is set for travel to Iowa for its Sunday game with the Hawkeyes. However, this was initially set for Saturday before a postponement of the Indiana-Iowa game altered the schedule. Coach Matt Painter didn't have any problem allowing Iowa an extra day of rest to accommodate the schedule. "I think if they were in the same position, they'd help us," Painter said. "It just made sense."

-- Part of Painter's willingness to alter the schedule goes along with his admiration for Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. "I respect what Fran does," Painter said. "He does things the right way, works hard, he's a standup guy. Why not help somebody?"

-- The head coach raised eyebrows with a candid quote on the team's leadership, or lack of it. "I've done a poor job in recruiting natural leaders," Painter said. "That's my fault."

-- The Hawkeyes have a slew of skilled scorers on their roster, led by Roy Devin Marble and Aaron White. "They're obviously very talented," Painter said. "They have a lot of guys that can score the basketball."

-- There's still no update on Purdue center Jay Simpson, who collapsed in Sunday's loss to Nebraska. Painter didn't want to speculate. "We're still waiting. … Still taking tests."

-- The week started for Purdue with sophomore guard Rapheal Davis offering critical comments of his teammates, saying many weren't giving the necessary effort. Davis backed it up with a double-double in Wednesday's loss to Michigan. "Ray is a guy that works hard," Painter said. "Ray is a guy that puts in the extra time. Now, Ray has to be productive to be consistent. I do not ever doubt his effort. That's where you've got to start. You've got to prepare and put in the effort, and he does."

-- One guy who desperately wanted to win is senior guard Sterling Carter, sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Painter touched on his enthusiasm from the bench, feeling sorry for the lost player. "It's not something where you're going to rehab and have another season. He doesn't. … He's still a part of our team."

-- Freshman guard Kendall Stephens is certainly a Boilermaker who represents what the team's work ethic should be. After missing the game-clinching free throw against Michigan, he spent hours on the practice court working from the charity stripe. "I think in the long run, it will really help him," Painter said. "You never forget those moments. That's what shapes a player—not your successes, but your failures."

-- Painter also revealed that Stephens has been battling a groin injury, but didn't want to leave the court.

-- What does Painter want to see in the final stretch of Purdue's season? "Just some consistent play," he said. "I think you see us in flashes, you see us in spurts. You think we're starting to take off a little bit, then we revert back."

-- The Boilermakers battle Iowa at 2 p.m. CT from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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