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Painter on Italy trip

Here are some of Matt Painter's thoughts from Tuesday's teleconference.

On point guard Ronnie Johnson:

"He had 20 assists and six turnovers and did a good job of handling the basketball. He definitely established himself as the guy who is going to play the point for us.

"… He still has to continue to work and earn his spot, but nobody came remotely close to delivering the basketball, making the decisions and having the assist-to-turnover ratio that he had. All three of those attributes make up that quintessential point guard"

On Purdue's big men:

"For 20 years of coaching, I've never been in this position. We have a lot of size.

"… I was pleased with all our big guys, we just have to continue to get them to run, rebound and defend and bring energy at all times."

On free throws:

"They shot 66 percent. We didn't show that we were a much better free-throw shooting team. We put a lot of time into it.

"… We want to get the ball inside and we want to drive the basketball. We want to shoot more free throws than our opponents. That is something we will continue to work on. But the proof is in the pudding."

On the benefits of a loss:

"You leave that trip 4-0, I think that's fool's gold. I think we come back here and we think we're a lot better than we are. Now that we lost one of those games, it showcases that we have a lot of work to do, yet we have a lot of potential."