Sunday, March 20, 2011

Florida gets ready for Jimmermania

Jimmermania has hit Gainesville.

As Florida prepares for its Sweet 16 game against BYU this Thursday in New Orleans the topic of conversation is Cougars guard Jimmer Fredette.

It would be impossible for the Gators to forget Fredette. Now, they just want to wipe him from their memory and defeating BYU is the only way to do it.

As a junior last year, the guard tallied 37 points in leading the Cougars to a 99-92 double overtime victory over Florida in a first round game.

It was a particularly tough night for Florida’s Chandler Parsons, this year’s SEC Player of The Year. He missed potential game winners at the end of regulation and the first overtime period.

This season the 6-2 Fredette leads the nation in scoring (28.8 ppg). He has 121 three-pointers and is shooting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Gators coach Billy Donovan might want to borrow the game plan from Kansas State’s Frank Martin, who got Jimmer next after the Florida game, “holding” him to 21 points in K-State’s 84-72 victory. The guard was 5 for 13 shooting and had five turnovers.

Last year Donovan put Kenny Boynton on Fredette and he held the sharpshooter to 1 for 6 from 3-point land. The Florida guard fouled out with 3:57 left in the second overtime and after he left Fredette nailed two treys.

Boynton hurt his ankle in Florida’s Southeast region victory over UCLA last Saturday, but it is said to be a mild sprain and he is expected to be ready to play at full speed.

The question is even at full speed can he stop this Jimmermania.

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