BYU Grounds Air Force: BYU's Other Cougars Deliver As BYU Stomps Falcons

Clark AmundsonContributor IFebruary 10, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 18:  Noah Hartsock #34, Jackson Emery #4 and Jimmer Fredette #32 of the BYU Cougars stand on the court after Fredette turned the ball over with less then :30 sec to go in the second overtime against the Florida Gators during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men�s basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 18, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As if the BYU Cougars weren't scary enough.

Jimmer Fredette led the Cougars into Colorado Springs on Wednesday night and proved that the No. 7 team in all the land is more than just scary. 

They are downright horrifying. 

Player of the Year Candidate Jimmer Fredette did what he does best last night: He turned in 25 points, five assists, three steals, four rebounds and went five for eight from distance. 

All this despite a banged up knee and a pesky Falcon double team.  

Hard as it is to believe however, Fredette was not the story last night; it was BYU's supporting cast who silenced some critics and proved what this team is truly capable of.

There have been some who have suggested that it is not possible for this team to make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament because they are "too Jimmer dependent" 

After last night, those concerns can be effectively wrapped up. 

Were it only for Fredette, BYU still would have won this game. It was the others though, who ensured that BYU owned it from start to finish. Fredette's trusty sidekick, Jackson Emery, showed once again that he has returned from a brief offensive coma, contributing 17 points, five assists, two steals and going five for 11 from beyond the arc.  

Emerging post player Brandon Davies put up a solid night as well. He added 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and a blocked shot to boot.

Stephen Rogers, quickly becoming a reliable sixth man, went 3-4 from three point range, with five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.  

The point? 

Even if Fredette doesn't go for 30-40 points (which he is a legitimate threat to do each time he steps on the floor), BYU has a stable of talent that is more than capable of making it a team win.  

Wednesday night at Air Force was proof of what this BYU team is truly capable of.

Which is taking a talented, scrappy, team like Air Force and running them out of their own building. 

As the Cougar train gathers steam and heads toward March, they really only have two real contests remaining: SDSU at Viejas on the 26th and New Mexico at home on March 2nd.  

If BYU continues to play that well as an entire unit, I have only one thing to say to Steve Fisher and Steve Alford:

Be afraid. Be very afraid.