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March Madness: Jimmer Fredette Maintains Scoring Average; BYU Rolls over Gonzaga

DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Jimmer Fredette #32 and Jackson Emery #4 of the Brigham Young Cougars walk off of the court after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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David LynnCorrespondent IJune 21, 2016

You would think people would learn from upsetting Jimmer Fredette, but apparently, they don't. 

After Fredette put up 32 against Wofford, people kept talking about he could never do that against a good team, and that Gonzaga would show him what's up.

You can't win in March with a one-man show they said, and they are right.  What they did not take into account is that there is more talent on this team than just Jimmer.  The funny thing is most of us BYU fans really didn't know about it either.

We are all aware of the amazing defense that Jackson Emery plays, and he did it again last night.  He also had a solid offensive night with 16 points and four assists.

Charles Abouo had another strong performance, though the stat line really isn't that impressive.  He seemed to make plays at all the right times that had a big impact.

Noah Hartsock is another one of those players that quietly makes a solid impact.  His 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from long range, provides a tremendous benefit to the team forcing the opposing big men to step out on him.

Stephen Rogers is probably the most up-and-down player on the team, but tonight, he rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.  He looks to have a bright future in Provo.

What more can you really say about Jimmer?

He had an average night with 34 points, six assists and two rebounds.  Gonzaga did a great job of keeping him from penetrating, so he just kept stepping back and draining threes; seven to be exact. 

And for everyone out there who says Jimmer doesn't play defense, I hope you were paying attention tonight.  Jimmer may have only had one steal, but he poked away numerous balls to his teammates and did an excellent job of making it tough on his opponent.

I'm not under the delusion that BYU is somehow the favorite to win the national title, or that the Cougars are even a major contender, but if they play like they did last night, they can compete with anyone in the country.

I'm ready for all you naysayers to talk about how BYU will never compete with an SEC team like Florida, but I hate to remind you that this is not football.

Florida is a quality team that will be tough to handle for BYU because of its size, but BYU is quick, and if the Cougars shoot like they did last night, Florida's size won't mean nearly as much. 

At this point, BYU has met my expectations, and anything else is icing on the cake.  Hear's hoping that the Cougars continue to impress and knock Florida out for the second year in a row.

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