By Marc Summy –
The NCAA game between the Florida Gators (28-7) and Brigham Young University Cougars (32-4) has captured the interest of most students at Penn Manor High.
The second-ranked Florida Gators will take on the third-ranked, in their region, Brigham Young Cougars on Thursday, March 24. Tip-off time is set for 7:27 p.m. and can be seen on nationally televised TBS.
The majority of students who follow men’s Division 1 basketball tournament have concluded the same statement, “Florida has no chance.”
This is entirely due to BYU’s player of the year candidate, a one-man shooting machine named Jimmer Fredette.
Fredette, who leads the nation with 28.8 points per game, is hard to stop.
With the Cougars starting power forward Brandon Davies being dismissed from the team due to the school’s code of conduct, Jimmer Fredette has even more weight on his back. That seems to be OK with him. In the past four games, Jimmer has accumulated an average of 37 ppg. including a 52-point game against New Mexico.
Sport’s fanatic Quinn Nadu said, “I have Jimmer Fever, I love him.”
Tournament followers may remember these two teams from last year’s 2010 first round match-up. The Cougars slashed the Gators on a 99-92 double overtime victory.
In that game Fredette was posting stats of 37 points and shooting 50 percent from the field, many predict something similar will happen in this year’s game.
Among these believers is senior, Dan Elliot, who predicts the final score “Jimmer 87, Florida 82.”
Not many people chose Florida to win except for supportive fan, Nick Hartley, who argues that, “Florida is a more solid team.”
But Hartley does not want to count out the decisively quick, team captain, Fredette.
“Jimmer can’t be stopped,” he admitted.
People that are passionate about the game of basketball, who wouldn’t normally favor one of these teams want BYU to win because they just enjoy seeing Fredette in action.
Brian Ramsey, a respected basketball fan, said, “I just wanna see Jimmer play.”