BYU’s Jimmer Fredette put on a clinic Monday night in a 99-69 win against the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson. We focus on pro basketball around here, but when a young man follows up a 33 point night with a merciless line of 49 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds, ON THE ROAD… well, he deserves more than a passing mention.
Fredette was absolutely on fire. At one point late in the second half he was being double teamed well beyond the three point line, drove to his right, crossed over and broke the ankles of both defenders, pulled back and hit a three. Nasty stuff all the way around.
In an interesting twist, the McKale Center scoring record was previously 45 points and was set by Providence’s Eric Murdock on Dec. 23, 1990. Murdock would later be drafted by the Jazz.
These Cougars are fun to watch, and it’s downright jarring to watch them run and gun with reckless abandon after watching the Jazz run each play with the predicability of Sunday Mass. BYU plays a very uptempo game and every player seems to have the green light on any shot they like.
In the spirit of “going green,” I’d like to suggest that the Jazz give every player the green light on nights when they wear their green throwback jerseys. Would it be so wrong to mix things up every once in a while? Why not have one night to turn Kirilenko loose and just run up and down?