Top 10 wins in BYU's record-setting season

Published: Tuesday, March 29 2011 10:22 a.m. MDT

Associated Press
In the BYU Cougars' just-completed 32-win season, some victories stood out more than others. As a final farewell to the 2010-11 basketball campaign, here is my list of the Cougars' Top 10 wins. Not everyone may agree with the compilation, but I hope to have hit the high notes in a remarkable season that put BYU and star Jimmer Fredette front and center on college hoops' national stage.
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Bottom Line
Draper, UT

A lot of quality wins during the season. This was a fun year to watch college basketball.

jw
Salt Lake City, UT

This is not a knock on BYU's season.. they had a great team this year...

However lately it seems 1 in every 8 articles is about the Utes, whereas everyday there seems to be another BYU propagandized editorial of their successes this year, and articles worshiping Jimmer.

I think they deserve more press than the Utes obviously, and I do enjoy reading about Jimmer... but give me a break. Lets get it back to a 1:1 ratio at least. I would expect the same if the Utes had just nearly made the elite eight and had a POY candidate.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

It was a fun year. First time I have watched BYU basketball in a long time. Too bad we love Davies but that's life at BYU.

oh ye confederacy of dunces
Flushing, NY

What an amazing year that was. Watching Fredette and this team was one of the awesomest experience as a sports watching fan.

DaveKnowsWhatsUp
Bloomington, IN

re: jw,

I completely agree the ongoing coverage is getting a touch old, but let us reminisce just a bit longer.

Not meaning to offend, but the Utes season ended several weeks ago, and quite frankly, there wasn't much to talk about even when they were playing.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

@jw

What should they highlight? It's bad enough that Boylen rubbed the @SDSU loss in his players faces by calling timeout with a second left- down by ~30. Should DN add to the humiliation? That being said, there has been a lot of non-sports stories about BYU sports.

LivinLarge
Bountiful, UT

Rumor has it that the Jazz may burn their second lottery pick on Jimmer...this would be a huge mistake. Jimmer is an exceptional collegiate athlete, but he will never excel in the "Land of the Large" aka the NBA. Even a backup NBA PG would hold Jimmer to under 10 points a game and we all know Jimmer cannot play defense cause he is too slow, especially by NBA standards.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

@LivinLarge,

Me thinks that the Jazz know basketball a bit better than most. If they think that Jimmer is worth a second lottery pick then he is.

This season proved that the best way to defend against The Jimmer is to foul him. Can't do that in the Land of the Large.

The Jimmer's defensive skills will improve dramatically as time goes on.

Wow, what a great season this was. I was finally able to watch several BYU games even in the Peoples Republic of Seattle. I am so looking forward to next year when I can finally watch the games live and on demand on BYU TV streaming on the web.

Love the games listed above. I have never seen a player do what The Jimmer did. I actually started to think that scoring 30 points was normal.

It is normal for The Jimmer.

Vince Clortho
S_SPRINGS, UT

I watched the Jazz last night and the sloppy play and poor shooting from both teams down the stretch as well as Ronnie 6'2" Price's 1/4 from the foul line convinced me that Jimmer can find his role and succeed.

AZJazzFan
Gold Canyon, az

Here is hoping the Jazz do what it takes to get Jimmer, even if it means losing to move up in the draft. It would be more of a risk to NOT take Jimmer. If the Jazz pass on him and he has a stellar NBA career, it would be tough to forgive the Jazz brass. Imagine, rooting for this guy for the next 15 or so years while he is playing for the Jazz.

isrred
Logan, UT

Wins over Utah and Wyoming make the list but the close, hard fought game against Utah State in Provo doesn't? Wrubell drops the ball...again.

jw
Salt Lake City, UT

@Dave... yes I agree. Maybe some stories about possible coaching candidates... new recruits... I am not sure. I would be even happy with one Ute story every few BYU stories because I feel like BYU deserves ALOT more coverage than Utah does after their respective seasons. Its just become a little too one sided lately thats all.

@Flynn... just imagine their seasons were reversed.. (which has happened in both football and basketball in the past) as far as their success was concerned. no matter how bad your zoobies played or what embarassing stories there were you would still hate to see Utah dominating headline after headline seemingly every day. I give BYU credit, they deserve the spotlight, but its frustrating I am having to go to ESPN to get news about head coaches, rivals for news about new recruits, and other Pac 12 blogs for next years predictions and such. I feel like DN should be a little bit more fair towards Utah than they have been lately.

SportsRUs
Orem, UT

Something to think about: BYU played some pretty good teams this year, including San Diego State. For quite a while, their RPI was #1. What other college player caused most coaches to forsake their regular defensive philosophy and concoct some bizarre strategy (such as double-teaming a point guard 35 feet from the basket) just to keep Jimmer from dropping 40 on them? No single player on any team (except perhaps Tuffy Moss) was able to contain Jimmer. In the NBA, no team will be able to double-team him. Don't be surprised if he does better than any of the so-called experts expect.

Also, the NBA stars he played against last summer are sold on his game. They probably know more than all of us arm-chair coaches put together. And Magic Johnson's opinion should count for something. Next year about this time, I'll just write in and say, "Told you so."

OU812
Layton, UT

Re: The Rock.
I wouldn't put any stock in what the Jazz brass think. They just got rid of one of the top 5 players in the league, and have yet to win much since.
If Jimmer comes to Utah and plays for the Jazz and is as good as you think. He'll play 3-5 years, leave for more money and a chance at winning a championship.

Utah has turned into a great training ground for talented players that the real teams in the NBA can use.

Cougar Cindy
Salt Lake City, UT

Loved reliving these fun victories for a moment. Thanks!

GO COUGARS!!

BP
Salt Lake City, UT

This season, Jimmer proved he can make 3-pointers in Energy Solutions Arena (when BYU shellacked Arizona there in December). Unfortunately, nobody on the Jazz team has proven they can make 3-pointers consistently at ESA.

Jimmer would be a great fit for the Jazz because the Jazz lack a legitimate 3-point threat (especially one that can spread the defense with such accuracy at long range). I'm not sure I'd want Jimmer dribbling the ball until he shores up that skill, but the Jazz are TERRIBLE when it comes to defense, so Jimmer would actually fit right in in that regard.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

@jw

I guess it comes down to no press vs. negative press. BYU had a very poor start the football season last year- and it seems we got a lot of negative press- can you remember the constant "we're getting better." Weird that Boylen seemed to echo Heaps and Mendenhall during basketball season. It was very frustrating to hear- because I actually like both schools (one for undergrad, the other for grad). In this respect you marked me wrong. I felt the same pain in seeing the proud U basketball program be torn apart by lousy coaches. I think that the negative press for all the U losses this year would have been worse than no press at all.

CaliCougar
Claremont, California

I pretty much agree with the list...except I might remove the Utah win, move the others behind it in the list up a one notch each, and then drop in the win over Wofford as #10.

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