NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Jimmer Fredette Now Expected to Carry BYU
NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions Hinge On Star Peformances, But How Will Jimmer Fredette Perform On The Big Stage
Jimmer fever has taken over college basketball, as Jimmer Fredette might be the best player to come out of BYU since Danny Ainge in the early 1980s. He's an electric player that only comes along once in a while (of course we said that about Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick to when they had their scoring race not that long ago), but the point remains he's just fun to watch.
That being said, these aren't same Cougars who were blowing the competition away earlier in the season. It may not all be about Brandon Davies getting kicked off the team, but BYU has struggled since then as has Fredette.
So with the eyes of the nation now on him as the NCAA Tournament kicks off for BYU, one has to wonder if Jimmer can hold up the scrutiny and pressure he's going to receive.
We all know about the scoring prowess, and even without Davies Jimmer put up some phenomenal numbers. But if there is a weakness to Fredette, it's that he usually needs a lot of shots to put up his numbers.
In the last five games without Davies, Fredette has taken 133 shots. While he's shooting 45.8 percent from the field in those games, that's somewhat skewed by the 22-for-37 performance, which was his 50-point game in the conference tournament. Take that out and Fredette is shooting just a hair better than 38 percent (38.2 to be exact) from the field.
Fredette is a phenomenal scorer, we all know that. But he also needs to hit his shot consistently for the Cougars to have a real chance without Davies. He's done it before, but he's been struggling from the field the last few weeks. How much longer can he carry the team on his back?
Basically at this stage the Cougars need Fredette to shoot the lights out every night to advance. That's not going to happen.
For more March Madness, head to Bleacher Report's March Madness page, where you can find a printable bracket and a guest column by Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill.
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