The Brigham Young University Men’s Basketball Team ranked 8th in the NCAA Division 1 standings posted March 7th.
The Cougars will enter the Mountain West Conference’s Championship game with an overall record of 30-3 and a conference record of 14-2. They will face San Diego State in the championship game March 12.
The Cougar’s Season
The Cougar’s season can be summed up in two words: Jimmer Fredette. Without Fredette the Cougars would be lost. His 52-point performance pushed BYU past New Mexico in the semifinals game 87-76. They will now face San Diego State in the Championship game.
While BYU has given SDSU their only two losses of the season, SDSU will still come out strong and attempt to knock off Fredette and his Cougars. BYU posted the No.1 seed when they entered the MWC Tournament and a share of the title. Dave Rose leads the Cougar’s as Head Coach, but looks to Fredette and Jackson Emery to control the game.
About The Team
Dave Rose is in his sixth season as BYU’s head coach. He has a record of 127-40 while being at BYU and has been named MWC Coach of the Year three times, led the Cougars to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and has won 20-plus games in each of his six seasons. This season he was selected as Co-Coach of the Year along with SDSU’s head coach, Steve Fisher.
Senior Jimmer Fredette leads the nation in scoring with 27.8 points per game. He was named the MWC Player of the Year, All-MWC First Team, National Player of the Year (CBSSports.com and SI.com), several first-team All-America honors, and first-team all-district by the NABC.
In addition to his 27.8 points, he adds 4.3 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game, has scored 20-plus points 28 times, and 30-plus points 11 times. Fredette broke a 30-year-old school record when he broke the career scoring record with his 2,471 points.
He also broke the single-game scoring record and set a new MWC Tournament single game record with 52 points. Senior Jackson Emery was named the MWC’s Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive Team, All-MWC Second Team, and NABC All-District 17 Second Time. He is BYU’s all time steals leader with 236 and averages 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.
Note: Sophomore Brandon Davies, who was recently suspended for breaking BYU’s code of conduct, was also named to the All-MWC Third team and averaged 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
About The School
Brigham Young University is located in Provo, UT and is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. BYU is recognized for its extensive language programs, performing arts ensembles, sports programs, and devotion to its religious principals.
There are over 186 academic programs, 64 master’s degrees, and 25 doctorate degrees for students to choose from. In addition to this, Brigham Young University can boast of small class sizes with the student-faculty ration being 21:1.