Florida State shoots for a lick of success vs. No. 5 Purdue

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Florida State Succeeded Against Purdue No. 5

After a wildly successful run at the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament, Purdue has skyrocketed in the latest AP Poll.

The Boilermakers moved up 19 spots to No. 5 on Monday as they prepared to face the State of Florida on Wednesday night in Tallahassee, Fla., as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge.

That’s what happens when you have three wins a week, like Purdue just had, when you beat top 10 players Gonzaga and Duke on your way to a championship in Portland, Oregon.

And the Boilermakers (6-0), who received eight votes for first place, didn’t just beat both teams, they dominated. Purdue won by a total of 37 points and outperformed the opposition for several stretches at both ends of the court.

“This is great. We have incredible respect for both programs,” said Purdue defense attorney Ethan Morton. “These are two of the best in the country and for us to come here and play the way we know how to play and believe we don’t have to do anything else – just be ourselves – I thought that was important to us.”

Purdue also beat West Virginia by 12 to begin their journey to the championship.

Zak Edey averaged 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds over three games and earned the tournament MVP title. Go and Morton were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Morton made an impact on defense as a distributor as well, averaging 6.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He finished the tournament with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 19:1.

The Boilermakers did something similar a year ago during Thanksgiving week, winning the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament with wins over North Carolina and Villanova, ultimately propelling them to number one in the nation.

Florida State (1-7) would like nothing more than to throw a big shock against Purdue that could rekindle what has been a miserable season so far.

The Seminoles, a Sweet Sixteen team two years ago, have a roster that has been plagued by injuries since last year. Florida State skipped the 2022 NCAA Tournament and had its worst start in over 60 years.

Florida State went 0-3 at the ESPN Events Invitational last week, losing to Siena, Stanford and Nebraska in four days in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Seminoles lost a total of 44 points in those competitions.

The quartet of Caleb Mills, Cam’ron Fletcher, Darin Green Jr. and Matthew Cleveland lead Florida State, each averaging 11.4 points or more.

However, against the Cornhuskers, who finished last in the Big Ten, the Seminoles completed 19 passes and shot 3 of 21 from three-point range, many of which did not represent quality scoring opportunities. In their loss to Stanford, the Seminoles gave up 16 offensive rebounds and lost 44–26 rebounds.

No major relief is expected any time soon, as well-known freshman Baba Miller is suspended for another eight games.

“After we have the big guys joining us, we need a lot of people to play and get in and get into the rhythm,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said after losing to Siena. “Hopefully we can get back in sync soon.”

–Field level media



Source: sports.yahoo.com