Purdue Basketball: 5 Most Pressing Issues Facing Matt Painter Entering Season

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Purdue Basketball: 5 Most Pressing Issues Facing Matt Painter Entering Season
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Entering a season without Robbie Hummel or Lewis Jackson for the first time in four years, Purdue is in for plenty of changes in 2012-13. The new-look Boilermakers have promising freshmen in abundance, but whether or not they can turn that promise into a successful year is another question entirely.

Coach Matt Painter’s recruiting class doesn’t have a ton of veteran support, as three of last year’s starters have graduated. The pressure will be on D.J. Byrd and the team's other returnees to make sure the youngsters are ready for major conference competition sooner rather than later.

Read on for a look at the biggest concerns facing Painter and his squad as they get ready to tip off the year on November 9.

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