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JIMMER WHO?

Jan. 09, 2012
Jan. 09, 2012

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Jan. 9, 2012

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
  • SI asked three SEC assistant coaches to break down the first LSU-Alabama game and analyze how the rematch will play out. Their conclusions? Another low-scoring affair, with a surprise ending

  • COMPILED BY Gene Menez

    FROM LSU COACH LES MILES'S RECORD IN GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER TO HOW MANY THREE-AND-OUTS ALABAMA'S DEFENSE HAS FORCED THIS SEASON, HERE's EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

TOM BRADY
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JIMMER WHO?

BYU fans haven't forgotten a certain high-scoring point guard, but his replacement, UCLA transfer Matt Carlino, is making it easier

BYU coach Dave Rose spent the first 10 games of this season experimenting with point guards to replace Jimmer Fredette. So when Matt Carlino, a freshman who transferred from UCLA in late 2010, finally became eligible, for the Cougars' Dec. 17 game against No. 6 Baylor, he wasted little time in making his case. In his first maningful game in 21 months, Carlino scored 15 second-half points in an 86--83 loss and was trusted to take key shots down the stretch.

This is an article from the Jan. 9, 2012 issue

The latest high-impact UCLA castoff (below), Carlino left Westwood after a term spent sidelined by a concussion and unhappy with a shift to shooting guard. Rose, lacking an heir to Fredette, approved the rare in-season addition. "In the situation we were in," he says, "we were very fortunate to get him." Carlino then spent a semester learning offensive wizardry by facing Fredette in practice ("You pick up stuff just by being amazed," he says) and, as the scout team's point guard, mimicking upcoming opponents. "It was really fun," he says, "acting like you're a different player."

On Dec. 20, Carlino had 11 assists, 10 points and seven rebounds against Buffalo. Rose admits the addition of an explosive scorer at point guard risks disrupting the inside-out attack the Cougars run through their veteran forwards, and more opportunities for Carlino leave fewer for others. "You don't just add an extra 10, 12, 15 shots a game and everything else stays the same," Rose says.

Surely, Carlino's 15.0 points per game have helped him win acceptance, and they may well help the Cougars become an NCAA tournament sleeper.

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TROUBLE'S BRUIN

You could assemble a potent lineup of active college players who, like Matt Carlino, have left UCLA for greener pastures. Here are three others

MIKE MOSER

F, Sophomore, UNLV

An afterthought on the Bruins' bench in '09--10, the lanky 6'8" forward has made a heavyweight impact at UNLV, averaging 14.0 points and 11.1 boards.

DREW GORDON

F, Senior, New Mexico

The 6'9" 245-pounder left UCLA as a sophomore after a falling-out with coach Ben Howland. A second straight double-double season could have the Lobos dancing.

CHACE STANBACK

G-F, Senior, UNLV

The No. 17--ranked Rebels' leading scorer (15.3 ppg) averaged just 5.8 minutes as a UCLA freshman in '07--08, but he's scored in double figures all three years in Sin City.

PHOTOJAREN WILKEY/BYU PHOTO (CARLINO)POINT MADE Carlino didn't want to play the two at UCLA, but his 22 points against UCSB on Dec. 22 showed he can still fill it up.PHOTODAMEN JACKSON/ICON SMI (MOSER)PHOTOMARK D. SMITH/US PRESSWIRE (GORDON)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (STANBACK)