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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 01/27/2011

BYU topples San Diego State: Jimmer Fredette mania is in full swing

By Matt Bonesteel

What mattered Wednesday

Pundits were calling it the biggest game in Mountain West history, and it's hard to argue with them: Jimmer Fredette made 14 of 24 shots and scored 43 scintillating points as No. 9 Brigham Young handed No. 4 San Diego State its first loss, 71-58. The Aztecs' Kawhi Leonard put on his own show in front of the two dozen NBA scouts in attendance, with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Next up for BYU is a game at New Mexico on Saturday at 4 on Versus, and Fredette is now approaching must-watch territory.

Elsewhere, No. 21 Georgetown got big contributions from Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson and avenged an earlier loss to St. John's with a 77-52 win at Verizon Center. The Hoyas' earlier swoon seems far away after three straight wins.

Each night seems to bring about a head-scratching Big East result, and Wednesday was no different: Marshon Brooks scored 20 points as Providence easily defeated No. 8 Villanova, 83-68. The Friars, who upset No. 19 Louisville on Saturday, have consecutive victories over top 25 clubs for the first time since 1998, and both wins came on the heels of a six-game losing streak. Providence (RPI 86, bad losses to La Salle and South Florida) still have a lot of work to do if they want to be in the tournament discussion.

What will matter Thursday night

Boston College at No. 3 Duke (8 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network): The Eagles have lost two of three and haven't scored a top 50 RPI win since Nov. 25 against Texas A&M. Duke sophomore forward Ryan Kelly has made 13 consecutive shots, and the Blue Devils haven't lost at home to an unranked foe since falling to Florida State on Feb. 4, 2007, winning 52 straight since.

UCLA at Arizona (9 p.m., ESPN2): The Wildcats are 0-3 against RPI top 50 teams but get a chance tonight against the Bruins, who barely squeak in at RPI No. 50. UCLA, the only team to beat the Mighty Fredettes this season, has won four straight and 10 of 12 but might be without its top front-court players, sophomore forward Reeves Nelson and freshman center Joshua Smith, because of injuries. Nelson is the Bruins' leading scorer and rebounder. Arizona forward Derrick Williams is averaging 19.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 27, 2011; 10:41 AM ET
 
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