Day: November 12, 2021

How ‘Jimmermania’ started, and what Jimmer Fredette learned from the iconic 2010-11 BYU basketball season

The crowd roared every time Jimmer Fredette tickled the twine with his patented jump shot.

It was Jan. 26, 2011, and the No. 9 BYU Cougars were hosting the undefeated No. 4 San Diego State Aztecs, a team that featured future NBA champion Kawhi Leonard. The game was deemed the most anticipated in the history of the Mountain West Conference due to the respective star power of Fredette and Leonard. ESPN reported at the time that tickets to the Marriott Center had been sold out for a week.

Fredette ended the game with 43 points and 5-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line. He played all but one minute. His scoring output accounted for 60% of BYU’s total in the 71-58 win.

Fredette walked onto the floor that night with plenty of local buzz. He’d had a solid junior season and plenty of impressive moments before beating Leonard and the Aztecs

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks LSU vs. Arkansas Razorbacks football

ESPN broadcaster Scott Van Pelt made college football predictions Thursday during his “SportsCenter” segment “Winner$.” He made predictions about eight games, and one of the games was Arkansas at LSU. 

The game is scheduled to start Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

LSU enters the matchup 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. The Arkansas Razorbacks come into the game 6-3 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.

On Thursday night, Arkansas is a 2.5-point favorite against LSU, according to Tipico Sportsbook

Scott Van Pelt picks LSU vs. Arkansas football

Sportscaster Scott Van Pelt chats with fans courtside in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Maryland and Michigan State, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Scott Van Pelt picked LSU to cover the 2.5-point spread. 

“I can’t pass on the Bayou Bengals getting some candy at home at night in Baton Rouge,” Van Pelt said. 

Van Pelt then played an audio clip of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron saying, “Go Tigers.” He followed that with an audio clip of Arkansas head coach

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