BYU basketball: Jimmer Fredette hit rarefied air against Utes

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  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Honestly, being at the game I never really felt like BYU wasnt going to win. However, the Utes made it interesting in the first half keeping it under 10 most of the way.

    Had it not been for Jimmers two 3's in 40 seconds, the utes would have been down only five points going into halftime. From 5 to 11 is a huge difference especially considering how Jimmer was able to do it. YOU GOT JIMMERED. (I hope and pray ute fans everywhere are sick of that term)

    The utes bigs are promising. I dont know how many years they have left but the Utes inside game was near unstoppable.

    As much as I like where the Utes program is right now, Ive never been a guy to kick 'em while their down. The Utes will be back, maybe with a new coach in a new conference.

  • SeattleUhasabbaltteam? Seattle, Wa
    Jan. 13, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    @Utes 21:

    At least there is a bandwagon to jump off, unlike U. As far as the "WCC Highschool teams" go, you've lost to all of them this year, so you tell us what it takes to beat them.

  • dalry23 Santa Maria, CA
    Jan. 13, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Chris B

    You keep amending the Cougars chances in the NCAA tourney. Weeks ago you stated that they wouldn't win another tourney game for 20 years. Last week you thought they might make make it to the second round and now they'd be "fortunate to win maybe two games." If you keep this up you'll soon be calling for a Final 4 appearance by March. Maybe you should just jump on the bandwagon and change your name is Chris BYU!!

  • PerfectCougar Payson, UTAH
    Jan. 13, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    I hope to see UTAH rebound quickly. This is no fun reading these comments when Utah is so far behind. The same is true when the shoe is on the other foot. Had BYU played Utah early in the season the score would not have been so close. Here is hoping for a return to competitive basketball.
    I must commend the Utah players for a great effort, especially in the first half. They will do fine.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Jan. 13, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    BYU has a great program.

    utah does not, trust me, they could get lower. Last place seems like a good spot for Yew.

  • wyoming cougar Green River, WY
    Jan. 13, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    re: utes21
    The biggest group of bandwagon fans ever-

    Are you kidding me? Even mired in the 1-25 season BYU was averaging more fans then the u is this year (even with #6 in the country in town).

    The majority of BYU fans are faithful regardless of the record- & I'm pretty sure the u has never averaged more attendance in football than BYU, even during the Crowton era with multiple losing seasons.

    Good try though, if that's what it takes to make yourself feel better.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Re: CB

    Dude you sound like the little pest loser that can't shut up when he is obviously so done.

    The BYU show is the only round ball show in the state this year. The national press knows it, the local press as well as the pathetic fan in front of the sign knows it.

    All alone in your lonely red world pouting and puffing out your little chest. Come on man have some self-respect you are embarrassing all those 2 people that care about what you say.

    Poly Cougar Nation

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Utes21 | 9:44 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Ut
    "Plus you lose jimmered next year how will you ever contend with the wcc highschool teams?"
    There are two WCC "highschool" teams that had a common opponent with BYU. Can you guess the team and outcome, Utes21?

    Chris B | 9:12 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    "Utah has no where to go but up, tds no where to go but down. Ain't it grand."

    In other words, for those who do not understand "Utespeak" -- Utah is terrible, and BYU is playing very well. ...and that is "grand", or a positive for the Utes?

    But sorry Chris, it is possible for Utah to get worse, and BYU to get better.

    Let's all wish BYU luck, and hope Utah finds a way to improve.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    Utes21 | 9:44 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Ut
    Plus you lose jimmered next year how will you ever contend with the wcc highschool teams?

    Did you just say we lose "jimmered"?

    Its obvious that your team has been "jimmered" one too many times. Good stuff.

    Being at the game in Salt Lake was at least top 3 BYU sporting events I have ever been fortunate to attend. Ranks right up there with "4:18" and "George is still running". Love it.

    Expect Jim Boylen to get Jimmered one last time in Provo.

  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    When Chris B talks about it being grand, my guess is that he's referring to how you Cougarettes kept talking about how byu football was on the rise, the U was not, blah blah blah. In other words, a little bit of your own medicine. Can't say I disagree wtih him.

  • Rob of NV Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 13, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    Jimmer is indeed a tremendous basketball player, and he deserves all the recognition he is receiving. Not to rain on his parade, but comparing him to Danny Ainge is difficult. Danny's record points is even more remarkable when you consider there was no 3-point shot when he played. This also needs to be considered when comparing game-point performances. Congratulations to Jimmer for his achievements, and I wish him and BYU continued success.

  • Herman Finklemeiyer Orem, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    Jimmer Mania is sweeping the land!

    Anyone who say elswise is a sour grapes Utah fan or a UNLV player who thought it would be a great idea to give Jimmer even MORE incentive to crush you.

    Bask in the excitement and national media coverage because you can only get yourself Jimmered for a few more months before he goes pro.

    I'm looking forward to getting myself Jimmered again in person when San Diego State comes to town!

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    Did you just say "ain't it grand" that Utah is in last place and can't sink any lower?

    Hilarious stuff.


    By the way, check out the recruiting for BYU basketball.

    They'll be set for many years to come.

    And we aren't talking about JC players.

  • newwest Ferron, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    Since the Utes are currently dead last in the conference, they truly do have no where to go but up.
    I remember when UCLA was unbeatable. I remember BYU's awful b-ball season a few years ago. I had season tickets to USU's two-win basketball season in the 80's. And I remember when the Utes played in the National Championship game.
    School athletic programs have ups and downs. That ain't grand -- it's just life.
    I spent two days with the Andre Miller-Utes when they visited our area on a team outing. They were nice young men who represented their school well both on and off the court. I knew Shawn Bradley, and the same could be said for him.
    Maybe all us fans should take a lesson.

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    I love Jimmer. He is a special college player. He is fun to watch and he rarely disppoints. He deserves all the props he is getting.

    But there is another component to this team that allows them to be successful -- that is the players who are mature and unselfish enough to not be affected by living in Jimmer's shadow. I especially appreciate Jackson Emery, a star player in his own right, for not begrudging that Jimmer is getting most of the focus. I loved his response to the reporter who tried to get him to comment on whether or not he thought Jimmer was a ball hog. He said, with a big smile on his face, if he's making shots like that, he can ball hog all he wants.

    My hat is off to these guys, and to all players who play with a superstar, who willingly make their personal ambition and need for acknowledgment secondary to the good of the team and who allow the superstar to enjoy his/her time in the spotlight. It's not always an easy thing.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Jan. 13, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    I am with Chris B on this one. Getting to full of yourselfs tds fans look what happened with bandwagon fans with Utahs football team. Lost games they were supposed to win and the fans where no where to be found and byu has the biggest fan base of bandwagon fans ever. When you lose which you will in the tourney what will you do then? Plus you lose jimmered next year how will you ever contend with the wcc highschool teams?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Enjoy the run, cewgs. Fact is, once you get to the NCAA, you'll be out of your league and fortunate to win maybe two games. And, what will you do next year with Jimmy? Pretty much nuthin'. Utah has no where to go but up, tds no where to go but down. Ain't it grand.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Jan. 13, 2011 8:00 a.m.

    utah shows a lot of disrespect by being so awful at the D1 level. Does the pac-12 have a development league?

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 12, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    Fun highlights!

  • PJ Logan, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    I am not a BYU and never will be yet I tuned in to last nights game just to watch Jimmer and what a performance. When BYU got the ball back with 4.0 seconds left in the first half I don't think I was the only one thinking what would happen. I can only recall one player of recent memory with such a deep range and that was J.J. Redick of Duke and Fredette is a much more polished scorer and player in my opinion. And the unfortunate part is the rest of the team gets a little overlooked.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    BYU Basketball 1-25 season (1996-97)
    BYU Football 14-1, Cotton Bowl, #5 Ranking (1996)

    FYI @ Ute Fan/Y Hater

    If you're intellectually honest, can't use the one and dismiss the other as being respectively "not too long ago" and "ancient history."

    Funny how that works.

  • R.Burgundy Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    Stay classy Salt lake city! You to Jimmer, see you when you come to San diego

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Hey's Majeras!

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    It was sweet.

  • ET Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 12, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    Isn't that their coach in front of the poster? Right where Boylen the stands!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 12, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    What a great venue - the Huntsman Center - in which to score 47. Especially by a BYU Cougar.

    The sad part is, it could have been over 50.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 5:00 p.m.

    @Hoosierdaddy, I hope that was tongue in cheek. It wasn't long ago that BYU was 1-25 and Utah was headed to sweet 16 and final four appearances.

    I am a paying BYU fan. My money and time are all BYU, but Utah's football and basketball teams traditionally gives us fits and their football team, sadly, beat us this year.

    Our pride will come before our fall, if we are not careful.

    Utah basketball will be back, which I would rather have than what we have had lately.

  • HoosierDaddyNow Fort Wayne, IN
    Jan. 12, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    I wish BYU would stop the nonsense and stop playing Utah, at least for a few years. What's the point lately?

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    The Utah fan in front of the Jimmer's House sign doesn't look so pleased.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    "After Tuesday's performance, Fredette now leads the nation in scoring, averaging 26.1 points per game. He surpassed UConn's Kemba Walker (25.3), who scored 18 Tuesday in a win over Rutgers."

    Jimmer 26.1 x 18 games = 470 points
    Kemba 25.3 x 15 games = 380 points