Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
BYU's #4 Jackson Emery wrestles with Wofford's #1 Cameron Rundles for a lose ball. BYU and Wofford play Thursday, March 17, 2011 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Denver. BYU won 74-66.
Jimmer Fredette wasn't scintillating or breathtaking, but he sure was good.
In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Fredette scored 32 points, dished out eight assists and snagged five rebounds in helping the BYU Cougars advance to the second round with a 74-66 win over the Wofford Terriers.
As good as the senior guard and NCAA Player-of-the-Year candidate can be, he seemed to choose his spots against Wofford. But when he decided to take over the game, Fredette was dominant.
The Jimmer either scored or assisted on six of the first seven BYU possessions to start the second half. In fact, he was responsible for most of BYU's points in the second half, factoring (an assist, basket or free throws) in 66 percent of the Cougars post-intermission scoring.
BYU fans have grown accustomed to Jimmer taking over games, especially after halftime. But Fredette really showed his versatility in this game's second stanza. The middle was wide open much of the game, meaning more Jimmer drives and less Jimmer 3's from the parking lot.
Fredette then augmented his night by finding teammates like Logan Magnusson and Noah Hartsock wide open.
You've heard of sabermetrics? This is Jimmer-metrics.
Of BYU's 37 first-half possessions, Fredette factored in just under half of those (18), either positively or negatively. But after the halftime break, Fredette factored in 23 of 35 of BYU's offensive possessions.
When BYU had the ball in the first half, there were 10 full possessions when Fredette didn't touch the ball. Only seven times in the second half Fredette failed to touch the ball on the offensive end.
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All totaled, BYU had 72 offensive possessions. Jimmer scored or assisted on 23 of those. He either missed, turned the ball over or committed a charge on 18 of them. And he made 10 of his 25 shot attempts.
So the stats show Fredette was pretty darn efficient on a night when everything was a little off for the whole BYU team.
But as with any great artist (and make no mistake, Fredette is a great basketball artist), Jimmer has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
Andy Griffin is a southern Utah broadcaster and sports writer and has been involved in covering sports in Utah, including professional, college and high school sports, since 1989.