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Sully's Court: Can Matt Carlino be the next Jimmer Fredette?

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  December 21, 2011 10:25 AM

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The next Jimmer: Some things are impossible to duplicate even as much as we want it to happen. My feeling is the Jimmer Fredette phenomenon, of which Sullyís Court was a full-fledged, kool-aid drinking, follow-him-off-a-cliff advocate, is one of those. I also hate to commit to something too soon but there is something very interesting going on at BYU in the last two games and thatís the play of guard Matt Carlino, who could just be the next Fredette. (Man, people will think I just got back from my two-year mission because of how I love BYU guards). Carlino has an interesting tale: Originally from Scottsdale, Ariz., he transferred to a high school in Bloomington, Ind. because he wanted to play at Indiana. He graduated from high school a year early but never enrolled at Indiana and instead went to UCLA. He never played a minute at UCLA because he suffered a concussion in practice before transferring to BYU where he played his first game last Saturday against Baylor. He scored 18 points and played with a Jimmer fearlessness while also putting up some llloonnnggg jumpers. He followed that up with 10 points and 10 assists in a victory over Buffalo Tuesday night. Thereís no doubt heís exciting and Iím eager to see more from the 6-2 left-hander.

My viewing habits: I was looking for the upset special as I was channel surfing Tuesday night. Started with Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne at Purdue but that was over quickly. Then I settled in for New Hampshire at Providence. Bill Herrion has UNH playing hard and with an edge but he just doesnít have enough talent to win a game like this. Vincent Council (17 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds) was outstanding for the Friars who pulled away late 67-52. Then I tried Oakland at Arizona. Oakland made several runs but in the end didnít make enough shots and fell 85-73. Finally, what about College of Charleston playing undefeated Louisville at the Pitino Palace? For 35 minutes, Bobby Cremins has his team in full upset mode. In the final five minutes, the Cougars just couldnít seal the deal. After handling the Louisville press well all night, guards were suddenly dribbling right into the double teams of Louisvilleís press and big man Trent Wiedeman missed two layups. Louisville prevailed 69-62.

Scanning the scorelist:
N.C. State 67, Saint Bonaventure 65:
This game was played in Rochester and the Bonnies blew a chance to make a splash. State barely survives; a loss here would have looked bad back in Tobacco Road. The Wolfpack went the length of the court with C.J. Leslie scoring with .06 seconds left to win the game.
Louisiana Tech 56, Northeastern 53: A difficult trip to Ruston, La. for a Bracket Buster return game and the Huskies collapsed in the final minutes.
Richmond 90, Old Dominion 82 in OT: A good rivalry win for Spidey.
Tennessee 72, UNC Asheville 68: The Vols are still struggling and barely survived here. Asheville led by 10 in the second half.
Ohio 76, Northern Iowa 59: What an impressive road win. I havenít seen the Bobcats and Sullyís Court favorite D.J. Cooper yet but Iím beginning to think theyíve going to give some teams big problems in March. The Bobcats are 10-1, their best start since 1940-41.
UCLA 89, Cal Irvine 60: This is how the Bruins should win games. Maybe throwing Reeves Nelson off the team makes a big difference.

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