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Former BYU Cougar and current Shanghai Sharks’ guard Jimmer Fredette capped off an amazing week on Tuesday as he was named the CBA’s¬†international regular season MVP.

Fredette received 278 points in the voting to easily beat out Sichuan Blue Whales’ big man Hamed Haddadi who finished second with 113 points. Former two-time MVP Lester Hudson finished in third with 102 points, according to Sina Sports.

Fredette averaged 37.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor with 7.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 37 games while carrying the Shanghai Sharks to a 30-8 regular-season record (he missed one game with an ankle injury).

Previous winners of the award  Рwhich has been handed out since 2012-13 Рare Michael Beasley, Lester Hudson and Stephon Marbury.

The league’s domestic MVP went to Ding Yan Yu Hang who averaged 24.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists for Shandong.

Fredette and the Sharks are back in action on Wednesday for game three of their best-of-5 first round series with the Shenzhen Leopards. The series is tied at one game apiece with the Leopards winning game one in a 40-point blowout as the Sharks were without Fredette who was in Colorado for the birth of his daughter. Fredette returned for game two and turned in a stellar overtime performance as he finished with eight of his game-high 39 points in a 107-99 win to square up the series.

 

 

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Josh Martin of Bleacher Report ranked every starting lineup in the NBA after the trade deadline and the Utah Jazz came in at No. 17.

After talking about the return of Rodney Hood, Martin wrote, “Not that the Jazz have set the landscape ablaze with Hood at shooting guard. According to NBA.com, they’ve been outscored by 4.7 points per 100 possessions with the above arrangement but have obliterated the opposition by 22.2 points per 100 possessions when Joe Ingles gets the call.”

Martin then talks about the success the Jazz have had with Ingles as a starter, saying, “Perhaps Quin Snyder will take it as a sign that he should keep the sharpshooting Australian out there to stretch the floor (43.9 percent from three) for a slasher like All-Star Gordon Hayward and the paint-packing pair of Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert.”

BYU football a top scoring defense over the last five seasons

Pick Six Previews on Twitter listed the best scoring defenses in college football over the past five seasons and the BYU Cougars made the list at No. 12.

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The BYU Cougars put together their best performance of the season in stunning the No. 1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs 79-71 at The Kennel on Saturday night.

Eric Mika led the way for the Cougars with 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, including a 19-foot jumper with 66 seconds remaining to break a 71-71 tie. He also chipped in with 11 rebounds and two blocks as the Cougars won their third straight game at the McCarthy Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington.

TJ Haws added 17 points on the strength of a 5-of-9 shooting night from 3-point range while Elijah Bryant contributed 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals as BYU improved to 21-10 on the season.

Nigel Williams-Goss paced the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Johnathan Williams chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds in their first defeat of the season.


Why the Cougars won

BYU made big play after big play on offense and defense in the closing minutes. The Cougars scored the last 10 points of the night, including huge baskets from Bryant, Mika and Corbin Kaufusi. They also got stops on the defense end as they forced three Gonzaga turnovers in the Bulldogs’ final four possessions.


The turning point

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