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LAS VEGAS -- When you average 25 points per game in nine games played in Las Vegas, people talk about you. When you score a record-breaking 52 points in a tournament game Facebook, Twitter, and ESPN all go crazy.
Jimmer received a lot of love on Twitter by NBA players, famous music artists, and other notable celebrities after the win over SDSU earlier in the season. This time around, Jimmer is getting shout-outs from fellow NCAA basketball players, who also happen to be National Player of the Year candidates.
"Jimmer went nuts today," tweeted Ohio State Forward Jared Sullinger. "52 points. Wow is all I can say."
When Jimmer Fredette stepped off the bus to start the MWC tournament, he had a lot of goals in mind. Play hard, win, and bring back the trophy. The tournament is nothing new to the senior guard.
"It's fun, great atmosphere, you know there's going to be a lot of different people watching, probably a lot of scouts," Jimmer told ESPN. "Everybody has to elevate their level, and show what they can do."
This was said before the tournament even started. Before Jimmer thought it would be fun to score 52 points against New Mexico. When Jimmer says everybody has to elevate their level, he doesn't exclude himself.
Friday night turned out to be a record-breaking night for Jimmer, one that will be talked about for generations. Just like it has been since the BYU basketball player before him set it.
"It's great to have the record, but I still think Danny Ainge is the best player to ever play at BYU," Fredette humbly stated after the game.
Whether or not we know who of the two is actually better, isn't important. But we do know that March 11, 2011 will officially go down in history for the BYU Cougars.
"Jimmer's 52 points are a MWC Tourney record, a BYU record, the most in ANY Conf. tourney game since '97," tweeted ESPN Stats Info. "More than any NBA player this year."
Connecticut guard Kemba Walker has been resurfacing as a good candidate for National Player of the Year with his clutch performances in the Big East tournament.
"Kemba scores 33 and folks start claiming he's Player of the Year, " tweeted ESPN College Basketball insider Chad Ford. "So Jimmer answers with 33 at the half vs. New Mexico."
ESPN couldn't help but show their love for Jimmer as well.
"Jimmer, congratulations, you're on this show more than I am," said ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson while talking to Jimmer. "Good luck in the final, and the show tomorrow night starts at 11 eastern, so if you could make yourself available, we'll probably talk to you again."