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Gators In 2010 NCAA Tournament: How BYU's Jimmer Fredette Could Kill UF

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Florida has had a huge problem with defense this season, especially 3-point defense. Unfortunately for the Gators, BYU is tied for second nationally in 3-point percentage made. (42%)

BYU has several sharpshooters, but Public Enemy No. 1 has to be junior point guard Jimmer Fredette. Fredette is the type of player who can singlehandedly take BYU to the Sweet 16. He is averaging 21.7ppg and shooting 45% from the 3-point line. Fredette makes South Carolina's Devan Downey look like the JV in terms of scoring. Fredette has two 40+ point games and seven games of 30+ points. In BYU's last game against UNLV, Fredette scored 30 of the Cougars' 66 points. 

Fredette is more than just a 3-point shooter, as he can drive the lane and get to the foul line. He is far from the Cougars only option, but he is the best one. Florida may have to allow Fredette to get his points, and play better defense on BYU's Jackson Emery (12.6ppg), Tyler Haws (11.3ppg) and Jonathan Tavernari (10.3ppg). BYU averages 83ppg, which is second nationally. UF has already lost to two other top-10 scoring teams; Syracuse and Xavier.

Florida won't be able to contain Fredette and any double teams leave open one of BYU's other top-point scorers. The only way the Gators limit the damage is by limiting everyone else.