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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jimmer fever and Open updates


Jimmer Jimmer Jimmer Jimmer Jimmer Jimmer Jimmer Jimmer Jimmer. Oh, I'm sorry, was there anything else we need to talk about? I am sort of obsessed with BYU's Jimmer Fredette, the nation's leading scorer. He put on quite a show last night. If you missed it, no problem. Here's what else happened on a great night of basketball and tennis.

Men's college basketball: Jimmer Fredette took over last night's game against No. 4 SDSU and scored 43 points in the No. 9 Cougars' 71-58 home win over the Aztecs. Did I mention that SDSU was the NCAA's only unbeaten team besides No. 1 Ohio State? Yeah, well not any more. Both teams are now 20-1, and BYU is now 6-0 in MWC play, alone in first place. It was the first time in the last 10 years that a team 20-0 or better faced a one-loss team. ... Providence stunned No. 7 Villanova, 83-68, once again demonstrating how tough the Big East is. ... On the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that devastated the Oklahoma State team, No. 8 Texas crushed the Cowboys at Stillwater, 61-46, staying undefeated in Big 12 play and ending Oklahoma State's 13-game home win streak. ... A last-second circus layup by Peyton Siva gave No. 19 Louisville a 55-54 win over visiting West Virginia.

Women's college basketball: In the game of the night, No. 5 Texas A&M went to No. 12 Oklahoma and beat the Sooners 80-78. ... No. 2 UConn beat Rutgers 63-44.

NBA: Kevin Durant scored a career-high 47 points in Oklahoma City's 118-117 overtime win over Minnesota. Kevin Love had 31 points and 21 rebounds in the Timberwolves loss. ... San Antonio improved to a franchise-best 39-7 after 46 games with a 112-105 win over struggling Utah. ... New Orleans matched a franchise record with its 10th straight victory, beating Golden State 112-103.

Australian Open: Just one day after Rafael Nadal was kicked out in the quarterfinals, Roger Federer was ousted in the semis.The Fed lost in straight sets, beaten by Djokovic (the No. 3 seed) in a Grand Slam semifinal for the second straight time. Djokovic will face the winner of Andy Murray-David Ferrer in the finals. ... Get ready for Li Na versus Kim Clijsters in the Australian Open women's final on Saturday night, as each advanced last night. It's the eighth career major final for Clijsters, who cruised past Vera Zvonareva easily. Li Na won a three-set thriller over top seed Caroline Wozniacki to earn her spot in her first ever Grand Slam final.