Just what can slow down Jimmer Fredette?
San Diego State harangued the BYU star into 8-of-23 shooting Saturday, but the nation’s leading scorer still managed to score 25 points, just two points below his season average in an 80-67 win over the No. 6 Aztecs. And it wasn’t just SDSU throwing various man and zone defenses at him all game.
The crowd also tried their best.
There were at least four different methods of distractions employed by San Diego State’s home fans. Dan Fogarty over at Sportsgrid.com showcased ‘em all in this story.
It was more than simply the floating heads behind the backboard during free throws, too. (SDSU uses those during every game.) They also did their best to “challenge” his beliefs – no nasty chants! – by dressing up as Mormon missionaries.
But the most devious plan involved Fredette’s girlfriend, Whitney Wonnacott.
Aztecs fans set up a Facebook event that was only intended to encourage people to “poke” Wonnacott. The purpose? To “disrupt, upset, distract and irritate (the) opponent.”
That is brilliant. And horrifying.
Anyone on FB knows how insanely annoying “poking” can be. When it happens to me, one of two things occur: I “defriend” the person who insisted on “poking” me. If that fails, I bash their computer until it’s a smoldering pile of useless microchips. I hate poking. And I’m not the only one.
But Fredette’s girlfriend is made of sterner stuff than me. Here’s what she said.
“I wasn’t that upset about it, I was just, I didn’t want them to say bad things about me,” Wonnacott told The Daily Aztec, the SDSU student newspaper. “I’m not mad at all.”
Jimmer AND his girlfriend are unshakeable? This is bad news for the college hoops world. (Unless you’re a Cougar fan.)
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Just as we expected, there is absolutely no consensus when it comes to the No. 1 team in college basketball.
In the new Coaches Poll released today, Villanova slots in as No. 1 overall, but Maryland received the same number of first place votes as the Wildcats and seven teams — seven! — received at least one first place vote, including No. 8 North Carolina and No. 9 Michigan State.
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The biggest shock to me?
The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just three first place votes and is ranked fifth by the coaches.
I think the coaches need to pay better attention.
Or they hate Fran McCaffery.
One or the other.
Anyway, here’s the full poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 11 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 11)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 3)
4. Xavier (21-2)
5. Iowa (19-4, 3)
6. Kansas (19-4, 2)
7. Virginia (19-4)
8. North Carolina (19-4, 1)
9. Michigan State (20-4, 1)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Miami (FL) (18-4)
12. Oregon (20-4)
13. Texas A&M (18-5)
14. Arizona (19-5)
15. Iowa State (17-6)
16. Purdue (19-5)
17. Dayton (19-3)
17. Providence (18-6)
19. Baylor (17-6)
20. South Carolina (20-3)
21. Kentucky (17-6)
22. Indiana (19-5)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Wichita State (17-6)
25. Texas (16-7)
DROPPED OUT: No. 18 Louisville, No. 25 Saint Mary’s
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 25 Texas
It may be the day after the Super Bowl, but we still had plenty of stuff to talk about in the college basketball world on Monday.
There’s the question of who in the world should be the No. 1 team in the country. There’s the issue of the top two teams in the country losing to unranked opponents. There’s Oregon, who suddenly looks like they might be the hottest team in all of college basketball.
And that’s before we get into the issue of Louisville’s ridiculous and despicable postseason.
We spent 15 minutes on that before even starting on the games that were played this weekend.
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