UA’s focus turns to BYU’s Fredette; will Wildcats bring the milk and cookies?by Anthony Gimino on Dec. 09, 2010, under Sports
After probably his team’s worst defensive half of the season, Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller didn’t wait for the question.
“I know you’re going to ask about Jimmer Fredette,” he said a few minutes into his news conference following Wednesday night’s game against Cal State Fullerton.
Arizona was back to its “milk and cookies” defense against Cal State Fullerton. That’s the phrase Miller has used for the way things were last season for an all-too-accommodating defense.
The Titans shot 58.3 percent in the second half, including making 5 of 8 3-point shots.
“We could not stop them,” Miller said after the 73-62 victory. “Some of it was them. Some of it was absolutely not enough effort on defense.”
And now comes Fredette, a senior guard.
It’s hard to forget what he did last season to the Wildcats: a McKale Center-record 49 points. He made 16 of 23 shots, including 9 of 13 from behind the arc, and hit 8 of 9 free throws. His 49 points were also a BYU record. The Cougars won 99-69.
So Miller just launched into answering what everyone else was wondering about in advance of the rematch Saturday in Salt Lake City.
“Jimmer Fredette is a great player. I respect him tremendously,” Miller said.
“Having said that, last year he took a lot of little boys to school. He could have had 60 on us. Some of the shots he took and made were tough shots. But he was much closer to scoring 60 points than he ever was to 30. Believe me, that was an easy 49.
“Tonight, when I watched our team play, we kind of had the same thing going on. We have to make sure we’re responsible and more tough on defense because against (BYU’s) backcourt and the way they play, they punish you for being undisciplined and not playing hard. That’s what they did a year ago to us.
“My hope and goal is that if BYU beats us this year, they will beat a very hard-playing Arizona team.”
Fredette averaged 22.1 points per game last season. Through the Cougars’ 9-0 start, he is scoring 22.7 points per game.
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