It looks like it might be another NCAA Tournament classic between BYU and Florida, as UF leads BYU in a back and forth affair in New Orleans. Jimmer Fredette was held scoreless until the 6:14 mark of the first half, but came on strong after making his first and ended the first half with 10 points. Erving Walker has 14 points to led the Gators, while Chandler Parsons has 8 points, and Alex Tyus has 7 points and 6 rebounds to lead the posts.
Fredette was hounded on the perimeter for most of the half by Walker, Kenny Boynton, and Scottie Wilbekin, but has been able to get a majority of his baskets in the paint. While Jimmer was held scoreless, Jackson Emery carried the Cougars for the first 10 minutes, and had 9 quick points before sitting with 2 fouls.
Florida has been incredibly efficient on offense, shooting 53% from the field, but a combination of 10 turnovers and only making 1-6 free throws gave BYU the opportunity to come back and tie the game going into the half.
Surprisingly, BYU is actually leading the rebounding over Florida 18-16, including 6 offensive rebounds led by Kyle Collingsworth’s 6 boards.
Not too many people in foul trouble for either team. Emery and reserve forward Logan Magnusson each have two fouls for the Cougars, while Patric Young is the only Gator with 2 fouls. Should be an exciting 2nd half in New Orleans.