Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Tournament MVP, Big Ten All-Freshman, Big Ten Regular Season Champions, and the Big Ten Tournament Champions. What did Purdue Basketball not win during the 2022-23 season? The answer as we all know, is a single game in the NCAA tournament, as they were upset by No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson by the score of 63-58 in the East First Round.
The loss to the Knights was the only non-conference loss Head Coach Matt Painter had to endure over the season as the Boilermakers only lost five other games. Only two of those losses were on their home court and only the loss at Maryland was by double-digits. The Boilermakers were also all over the top of the conference in team statistics and a lot of the same will be happening this season at Mackey Arena as Brandon Newman is the lone departure from the Boilermakers’ roster.
On the way to claiming a number of individual awards and team conference championships, the Boilermakers did so with nine players averaging double-digit minutes and going ten players deep. With the huge return of players from last season’s roster, ‘way too early‘ polls have Purdue as a No. 2 seed, and, to no surprise, early bracketology has the Boilermakers capturing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
In lieu of simply copying and pasting last year’s breakdown of the Boilermakers’ depth chart, let us take into consideration the roles in which the returning players will fill and how transfer Lance Jones and freshman Myles Colvin fit into this already-established rotation.