How to Stop BYU's Productive Fredette

How to Stop BYU's Productive Fredette

The exact moment cannot be pinpointed, although it was somewhere between when BYU's Jimmer Fredette scored 39 against UNLV, 47 against Utah, pulled up for a 30-foot three against TCU, and dropped 42 on Colorado State, that he became a national cult figure who no longer needed a last name. Just "Jimmer," or "The Jimmer." My colleague Seth Davis is a proponent of the latter, having tweeted during that Colorado State game, "The Jimmer has 21 pts and it is not even halftime. Halftime is the only thing that can guard The Jimmer."

 

There is no way to stop The Jimmer -- or is there? The legend of the nation's most prolific scorer has grown to the extent that anything less than a virtuoso performance in Wednesday's mega-showdown between No. 9 BYU and No. 4 San Diego State may be a letdown. But the Aztecs are the best defense the Cougars have faced all season, and blueprints do exist for containing (or just limiting) The Jimmer. The four case studies below are, essentially, the anti-Utah and anti-Colorado State games, and SDSU may find lessons in each:

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