The Florida State Seminoles played what looks to be the best team in college basketball in the Purdue Boilermakers last night and predictably fell by a large margin. The 93-65 final tally is not what the team and many fans were hoping for but it’s not a complete picture of FSU’s performance or an indictment on its future.
Purdue is a good basketball team. They operated with precision in their offensive movement, passing, and shooting and backed it up with a solid but not stellar defense. The one-two punch of 7’4” Zach Edey and playmaking center Trevion Williams backed by one of the best guards in the country in Jaden Ivey makes this team a difficult out to say the least.
However, it was instructive to see FSU’s strengths and weaknesses look like in the face of a team that is operating at the upper tier of the sport. Some key takeaways are:
- FSU’s defense is solid and took Purdue out of their rhythm
- Halfcourt offense needs some work but flashes by Caleb Mills and Jalen Warley give hope to the future in that area
- Senior leaders Malik Osbourne and Anthony Polite have been slow to take the reigns on offense
- John Butler continues to shine as a seven-footer who can play on the perimeter
- With three players out FSU is testing the limits of their bench
If you missed the game or just want to take another look at the factors that I mentioned above, join me as I go through the film to show some highlights and some lowlights in FSU’s game vs Purdue.