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Purdue’s Zach Edey takes dig at Rick Barnes, says he was ‘looked over’ in high school

Purdue basketball is understandably riding high following the team’s Elite Eight victory over 2 seed Tennessee on Sunday.

The 1 seed Boilermakers not only reached their first Final Four since 1980, but also did so a season after becoming just the second 1 seed in March Madness history to lose to a 16 seed in the first round, when they fell to Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Purdue coach Matt Painter said his team “had to sit in it” immediately following the 72-66 win over the Vols.

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His star player, Zach Edey, was a little more pointed in his emotions:

“They thought they knew what we had in our hearts,” Edey told CBS’s Evan Washburn after the game. “I’ll promise you they didn’t. We’re f—ing winners. This is what we do.”

Edey is understandably justified in his emotions, considering the derision Purdue got over the offseason and, indeed, throughout much of the 2023-24 college basketball season, even leading into the 2024 NCAA Tournament. So much so, in fact, that he took a slight dig at Tennessee coach Rick Barnes in postgame media availability.

Edey, who had 40 points and 16 rebounds vs. the Vols, was asked what it meant to help Painter reach his first Final Four at Purdue. While expressing gratitude for his coach, he also claimed to be “looked over” by others throughout college basketball, including Barnes at Tennessee:

“It’s amazing. I get to pay him (Painter) back,” Edey said. “There were so many coaches that looked over me. You could name a program and I could name a coach that looked over me. Tennessee, Rick Barnes is a great coach, but he was in a bunch of our practices, looked over me.

“It’s kind of been the story of my life. People have doubted me, people have looked past me. Can’t do that anymore.”

According to his 247Sports recruiting profile, Edey had only three offers coming out of high school in 2020: Purdue, Baylor and Western…


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Author : IndyStar | The Indianapolis Star

Publish date : 2024-03-31 22:38:40

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