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Inside the box score: FSU 67, Missouri 54

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The Seminoles defense comes alive

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Missouri vs Florida State Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
  1. For players, the fun thing about playing in Leonard Hamilton’s system is that the go-to player is the one that’s open. It’s the guy who is getting it done defensively. Against Missouri, it was Mfiondu Kabengele’s turn. He played a career high 27 minutes, scored 14 points, and matched his career best with 12 rebounds. The freshman leads Florida State in ORB% and DRB%, and if he played enough minutes to qualify he’d be the 13th best offensive rebounder in the nation. If Phil Cofer isn’t awarded a 5th season, then Kabengele will need to be able to play like this on a regular basis next year.
  2. FSU blocked six shots, and more importantly maintained possession on all six. For the year, FSU has maintained possession on 55% of blocks. PJ Savoy picked up his first blocked shot of the season, and the 2nd of his career. The Seminoles are 22nd nationally in block%.
  3. The weak(est) area of FSU’s defense all year has been defensive rebounding. But they dominated Missouri on that end of the floor, limiting Mizzou to just six offensive boards, which was less than 17% of the available rebounds. It was the 5th best defensive rebounding game of Florida State’s season, and the 5th worst for Missouri.
  4. Missouri was limited to shooting just 32% on 2s, and 33% on 3s. That adds up to a 41% eFG%, which was the worst by a high major team vs Florida State this year. MIssouri’s 32% on 2s, was their 2nd lowest mark of the year.
  5. FSU won 67-54 in a 69 possession game. It was just the third game that Florida State was able to win this year despite being held below a point per possession. Defensively, it was the first time in four years that the Seminoles held a high major opponent below 0.8 points per possession. For Missouri, it was their 2nd worst offensive performance of the year.