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Inside the box score: FSU grinds down Purdue for Emerald Coast Classic title

FSU remains perfect in out of conference play

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  1. FSU won 63-60 in a 74 possession game. The offense wasn’t nice in Niceville, and Florida State failed to score even 0.9 points per possession in back-to-back games for the first time since Michael Snaer was a senior. But the defense was elite. After holding Tennessee to their worst offensive output in 54 games, FSU limited Purdue to their 2nd worst offensive game in six years. Florida State now has the 3rd most efficient defense in the nation, to go along with the No. 54 offense. That offense is going to be a problem if they don’t get things sorted. In the tempo free era (since 2002-03), only three teams have advanced to the Final Four with an offense rated worse than 50th. Half the teams had offenses in the top-10. Start knocking down shots, ‘Noles.
  2. Purdue scored 2 points in overtime. They were 1-8 from the floor with five turnovers. FSU has now won eight straight overtime games dating back to their last loss in December 2015 (to Iowa).
  3. FSU made 1-17 3s (6%). The last time they attempted at least 17 3s and failed to make more than one was......well, I don’t know. We have searchable data going back to the 2001-02 season and, if it’s happened, it was before that. They have gone 0-fer a few times, with the most attempts being 0-15 two years ago against NC State.
  4. Florida State had 16 steals for the game. Only one high major team this year has coughed the ball up more often: 18, Boston College vs. South Florida. It was the most steals for a Seminoles team since Chris Singleton’s near quadruple-double against UNC Greensboro in 2010. He accounted for 10 steals on his own. FSU is now 12th nationally forcing turnovers.
  5. FSU got whooped on the boards. Purdue played the entire game with one of their bigs in the game. Matt Haarms played 28 minutes and Trevion Williams played 17. Florida State played 38% of the game with a small ball lineup, and it cost them on the glass. Purdue grabbed 44% of their own misses (they are 5th nationally), compared to just 25% for FSU. Florida State has gone four straight years holding their opponent below an 30% offensive rebound rate, but right now they stand at 30.8%. Offensively, on the glass, they are right where they usually are and just weren’t able to capitalize against a solid rebounding team.