BYU basketball: Fredette has Aztecs' number
Provo » Utah coach Jim Boylen said it last month, and San Diego State coach Steve Fisher chipped in on Wednesday night.
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is the best player in the Mountain West Conference, they say.
"He's good. He does that against everybody. He's the best in the league," Fisher said after Fredette scored 26 points and had five assists in BYU's 82-68 win over the Aztecs at the Marriott Center.
"He's hard to stop. I thought at times we did a pretty good job on him. He had two baskets in the first half off of offensive rebounds where they kicked it right out to him. He had threes that he drained. He is as good a guard as I have seen in this league, period."
Fredette didn't shoot as well Wednesday as he did in San Diego, when he was 11-for-19 from the field for 33 points.
He was 8-for-17 as the Cougars collectively shot just 44.3 percent from the field. But he was special in transition, part of the reason why BYU outscored SDSU 20-4 on fastbreak opportunities.
"BYU runs and they run significantly better at home than they do on the road," Fisher said. "And we eventually said, hey, we got to make sure we have three people back instead of two people back."
It's nothing that BYU coach Dave Rose hasn't seen before.
"He was good....but he's been good for the whole season," Rose said.
But Fredette wasn't all smiles in his postgame interview. The nation's eighth-best free-throw shooter going into the game was 6-for-11 from the line, dropping his percentage to 87.8.
Five of his 22 misses happened in front of 20,124 at the Marriott Center.
"I missed my first one, and I felt tentative. I don't know exactly what it was, but I started shooting the ball, and it just didn't feel great tonight."
Fredette has averaged 26 points per game in his last four games against the Aztecs. Why does he play so well against SDSU?
"I like to play up in big games. They are a very, very tough opponent. They are very athletic, a very good team," he said. "So I like to go out their and play my best against some of the best teams we have in this conference."