Probable lineups and storylines for a top-20 matchup in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
No. 19 Purdue at No. 15 Florida State
Time: Wednesday, 9:15 p.m.
Radio: WYCM 95.7
PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (5-1)
G—Nojel Eastern (Soph., 6-6, 220) 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds
G—Carsen Edwards (Jr., 6-1, 200) 25.3 points, 4.2 assists
G—Ryan Cline (Sr., 6-6, 195) 14.3 points, 3.7 assists
F—Grady Eifert (Sr., 6-6, 220) 5.3 points, 6.2 rebounds
C—Matt Haarms (Soph., 7-3, 250) 8.3 points, 1.8 blocks
C—Evan Boudreaux (Jr., 6-8, 220) 11.2 points, 6.0 rebounds
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (5-1)
G—Trent Forrest (Jr., 6-4, 210) 10.0 points, 4.2 assists
G—PJ Savoy (Sr., 6-4, 210) 8.5 points, 1.7 rebounds
G—MJ Walker (Soph., 6-5, 213) 9.2 points, 3.7 rebounds
G—Terance Mann (Sr., 6-7, 215) 12.0 points, 7.9 rebounds
C—Christ Koumadje (Sr., 7-4, 268) 7.5 points, 1.3 blocks
F—Mfiondu Kabengele (Soph., 6-10, 250) 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds
► Florida State plays a deep bench, with 10 players averaging 9.4 minutes per game or more. In a loss to Villanova in the AdvoCare Invitational championship, Hamilton used nine players for 12 or more minutes. That depth has helped the Seminoles persevere through the absence of senior forward Phil Cofer. The All-West Regional pick from FSU’s Elite Eight run last season broke his foot on Oct. 23. Hamilton was non-committal as to Cofer’s status Monday, saying he would be evaluated this week.
► Purdue and Florida State are each allowing only eight offensive rebounds per game. Whichever team breaks through on second-chance opportunities could have the upper hand. Per hoops-math.com, the Boilermakers are scoring on 86.7 percent of their put-back tries at the rim. Boudreaux, with five or more offensive rebounds in three of six games, continues to lead the way. Mann grabbed seven offensive boards among his 12 rebounds in a recent overtime win over LSU.
► Florida State opponents average 16.5 turnovers per game, which the team tries to turn into instant offense. The Boilermakers have turned the ball over between 10 and 13 times in every game — not great, but not as bad as Painter’s preseason concerns might have indicated. The Virginia Tech game showed, however, how quickly and prodigiously a team as athletic as the Seminoles can capitalize on even one unsteady stretch.
Nathan Baird reports on Purdue basketball for the Journal & Courier. Contact him at 765-420-5234 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @nbairdjc