23 bold predictions for Indiana sports: Colts trades, Final Fours

A new year means renewed optimism.

We asked our staff for a few bold predictions for 2023 in Indiana sports. Here’s what they came up with:

1. Matt Painter reaches first Final Four.

Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter during NCAA men’s basketball game against the Austin Peay Governors Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue won 63-44.

The Boilermakers are ranked No. 1 in the country (at least for now), so this might not be that bold of a prediction, but Purdue hasn’t reached the Final Four since 1980. And with last year’s Sweet 16 loss to Saint Peter’s, you take nothing for granted.

But Purdue is No. 1 for a reason. The Boilers have wins over Gonzaga and Duke already, the nation’s most dominant player (see: Zach Edey) and enviable depth. Matt Painter has won the Big Ten three times, but big-time success in March has evaded him and the Boilers. Though, let’s not hold our nose at three Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight in the past six years. There’s a certain program down south that would love a run like that right now. — Matthew Glenesk

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