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Can the Zags contain scoring machine Jimmer Fredette? They’ve got the pieces for it.
Gonzaga starts two guards, Stephen Gray and Marquise Carter, who are 6’4” or taller, along with a huge front line behind them led by seven-footer Robert Sacre. All that length will make the 6’2” Fredette work a little harder for every shot.
Still, Fredette has faced tougher defenses and come away the winner. Whether the rest of the Cougars will be able to handle Gonzaga, though, is another question entirely.
BYU is still without suspended rebounding leader Brandon Davies, and Gonzaga is coming off a game in which they out-rebounded St. John’s by 23.
Against Wofford, the Cougars started 6’5” Charles Abouo as their de facto power forward. He’ll have to bang with Gonzaga’s 6’7” Elias Harris while 6’8” Noah Hartsock tries to contain Sacre.
Gonzaga should dominate on the glass again and BYU will be depending on jump shooting for its entire offense.
Fredette will get his points, but unless he gets a lot of help, Gonzaga will get another victory.