Big Ten Men’s Basketball Basketball Preseason Honors Announced
Purdue’s Carsen Edwards named Preseason Player of the Year
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Purdue junior guard Carsen Edwards has been chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year heading into the 2018-19 basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also selected a 10-member Preseason All-Big Ten team with eight conference programs represented.
Edwards was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big Ten team along with Wisconson senior forward Ethan Happ. Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford and senior forward Juwan Morgan, Maryland junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr., Michigan senior guard Charles Matthews, Michigan State junior forward Nick Ward and junior guard Cassius Winston, Minnesota senior forward Jordan Murphy and Nebraska senior forward James Palmer Jr. earned preseason accolades.
Edwards, Happ and Palmer Jr. all earned First Team All-Big Team honors from either the conference coaches or media in 2017-18. Morgan and Murphy were second-team selections while Cowan, Ward and Winston collected third-team plaudits last year.
2018-19 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carsen Edwards, Jr., G, Purdue
2018-19 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Romeo Langford, Fr., G, Indiana
Juwan Morgan, Sr., F, Indiana
Anthony Cowan Jr., Jr., G, Maryland
Charles Matthews, Sr., G, Michigan
Nick Ward, Jr., F, Michigan State
Cassius Winston, Jr., G, Michigan State
Jordan Murphy, Sr., F, Minnesota
James Palmer Jr., Sr., F, Nebraska
CARSEN EDWARDS, Jr., G, Purdue
ETHAN HAPP, Sr., F, Wisconsin
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament All-Session Tickets on Sale Saturday, Oct. 13
Big Ten Tournament returns to United Center for 10th time
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Tickets for the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by SoFi will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. The 22nd annual tournament will be contested March 13-17 at the United Center in Chicago.
Lower level tickets for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament may be purchased through the 14 Big Ten university ticket offices, however please contact the schools directly for on-campus sale dates. General public tickets will be available at the United Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
General public tickets for the tournament will be available for all sessions in the 300 level and will range from $210 in the upper rows to $290 in the lower rows. All-session tickets for the 100 and 200 levels will be available through Big Ten university ticket offices only for $400. Orders will be limited to eight all-session tickets.
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will continue to feature a discounted student ticket program. For the 2019 event, students of Big Ten universities will be able to purchase tickets for $20, good for only the session or sessions featuring their school. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in balcony sections and orders will be limited to one ticket per student. Details on the discounted student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.
Painter Signs Contract Extension Through 2023-24 Season
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University and head men’s basketball coach Matt Painter have agreed on a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season.
In addition, effective July 1, 2019, Painter’s contract will convert to a rolling five-year term via automatic one-year extensions that could extend the agreement beyond 2023-24.
“Matt Painter is a proven winner, and he wins with integrity,” Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski said. “He has built a program that makes Boilermaker fans proud and embodies the very best of college athletics. Matt’s priorities and approach align perfectly with our values at Purdue and are evidenced by the success his players achieve on the court and in the classroom. We are excited for the future of Purdue men’s basketball under Matt’s continued leadership.”
Painter also will receive an increase to his 2018-19 compensation.
“It is an honor, and I am extremely happy and proud to be the head coach at my alma mater,” Painter said. “Purdue is a special place, and the commitment to the basketball program is apparent. I am equally appreciative of the commitment to me, and I am committed to this program, our players, our fans and this great institution. We will keep working to reach all of our goals on and off the court.”
In 13 seasons at the Purdue helm, Painter has compiled a 295-149 record (.664 winning percentage) with 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, two Big Ten Conference championships and a Big Ten Tournament title. Painter enters the 2018-19 season ranked third on the Boilermakers’ all-time wins list behind College Basketball Hall of Famers Gene Keady (512) and Ward “Piggy” Lambert (371).
Painter is one of merely six coaches in Big Ten history to earn conference Coach of the Year honors at least three times, joining Keady, Bobby Knight, Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo and Thad Matta.
Over the last three seasons, Purdue has won 83 games, the ninth-most nationally, while boasting one of the nation’s top home records at 48-4. During that span, Purdue has been ranked in 56 of 57 Associated Press Top 25 polls, the fourth-highest total in the country.
The Boilermakers are one of six schools to advance to consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16s, and Purdue’s 10 NCAA appearances over the last 12 seasons are the ninth-most nationally.
At age 48, Painter is the youngest coach in America to have taken his teams to at least 11 NCAA Tournaments (one appearance while at Southern Illinois).
Last season’s Purdue squad posted a 30-7 record, setting a school record for victories while rattling off a school-record and nation’s-best 19-game winning streak from November to February. The Boilermakers advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the third time and reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth time under Painter.