Peterson: Best bet for Florida State vs. Purdue

By Greg Peterson  ( 

November 29, 2021 09:50 PM

The Purdue Boilermakers find themselves in the top three of the AP Poll and will look further cement their place as one of the nation’s best on Tuesday, as they face Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Florida State Seminoles vs. Purdue Boilermakers (-11, 143)

(stats as of Monday morning)

Purdue leads the country in points scored on a per-possession basis and ranks third in both field goal shooting percentage and rebound rate.

Both teams are similar in defensive efficiency, with Florida State 56th in points allowed on a per-possession basis and Purdue 67th, though Purdue has not done much to turn teams over. The Boilermakers have forced a turnover on just 14.9 percent of opponents' possessions, a rate that ranks 321st in the country.

The Seminoles are the opposite, ranking ninth in the country in turnovers forced on a per-possession basis, but also they've also had their fair share of giveaways. Florida State turns it over on 20.4 percent of offensive possessions on offense, which is 250th in the country.

Both teams are very similar in tempo despite their unique styles, but with Purdue also outside the top 100 in turnovers committed on a per-possession basis, the Seminoles will give Purdue a tough test in West Lafayette on Tuesday.

Pick: Florida State + 11

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