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Inside the box score: FSU 83, Troy 67

Not pretty, but a win’s a win.

NCAA Basketball: Troy at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports
  1. The team didn’t look in sync vs. the Troy Trojans, and Leonard Hamilton provided part of the explanation in the post game. Trent Forrest, Anthony Polite, Mfiondu Kabengele, and Raiquan Gray were all held out of practices for various ailments. Then those four combined to play 80 minutes. Aside from the obvious big blow to Phil Cofer, the team has managed to be relatively healthy this season, with just the typical bruises, bumps, and bum knees.
  2. Much was made of Terance Mann being set to become the 47th 1,000 point scorer at Florida State, but he had a poor game shooting the ball and finished with just three points, with his only points coming on a 2nd half corner 3-pointer. He now needs 11 more points for 1,000. He’s currently 48th all-time, one point behind Anthony Richardson. He did grab eight rebounds and has had at least that many in five of eight games.
  3. Turnovers continue to the be the weak spot in the offensive attack. The Seminoles are an elite offensive rebounding team (18th nationally), are really good at getting to the free throw line (78th), are solid shooters (123rd in 3-pt%), but they’re abysmal with turnovers (290th). FSU averages more than 1.4 points on every possession not ending with a turnover. Last year’s team was solid controlling the ball, turning it over on 4% fewer possessions. That equates to roughly three possessions a game, or four points. Considering looming matchups with Connecticut and Saint Louis, followed by ACC play, four points/gm is significant. It also results in fewer chances for opponent fast breaks. Typically, I’d say this is the team we’re gonna see for the rest of the year after 8 games. By this point, strengths and weaknesses have been identified, and it's fine tuning for the rest of the way. However, Cofer, who’s one of the essential pieces on this team, has yet to play a game. Last year he turned it over just 12% (best on the team).
  4. FSU had 16 offensive rebounds, compared to just five for Troy. FSU also forced five more turnovers than they committed. Combined that’s 21 extra effective possessions for the Seminoles, which was more than the difference in a 16-point win.
  5. The Seminoles won 83-67 in a 79 possession game. Troy, which has played slowly all season, decided to run with FSU, which created a very fun game to watch (minus the turnovers). LSU and Villanova remain the only teams this year to score more than a point per possession against FSU, and the defense is now ranked 13th nationally. That would be the best defense for Florida State since 2012. And they’re doing it by turning teams over and playing transition defense. Typically, FSU funnels everything toward the rim and then blocks a ton of shots, but this year’s team is just average at blocking shots.