'You have to get over yourself': Matt Painter's postgame message after Purdue's loss is going viral
Things haven’t been going too well for Purdue on the hardwood this season. Despite having Carsen Edwards on the floor — one of the top players in the country — the Boilermakers are just a game above .500.
Life didn’t get much better for Purdue on Saturday. The Boilers dropped an 88-80 contest to Notre Dame at the Crossroads Classic. It was the team’s second straight loss and the fourth defeat in five games.
After the game, Matt Painter had a pretty direct and very real message while addressing the play of his team. And his words have gone viral. It’s something that just about any basketball fan will want to hear.
“You have to get over yourself, and it’s a real hard thing to do,” Painter said in the postgame press conference. “High school basketball, you know how many points you have in your head. It’s a real selfish thing, but it’s a very natural thing, because your whole life you’ve equated playing well to scoring. Then, in college, you get there and you play a role before you become a major guy. Sometimes, you never get out of that role and your always a role player.”
Painter went on and equated his comments to the struggles of his team, which is now 6-5 on the season.
Below is the full video of Painter’s comments. It’s definitely worth a listen.
This is worth a listen.
While assessing his team following an 88-80 loss to Notre Dame, #Purdue head coach Matt Painter shares some advice to high school players looking to compete in college:
"You have to get over yourself." pic.twitter.com/XhQ291PyyB
— Andrew Pogar (@AndrewPogar) December 15, 2018