DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars goes to the hoop for a layup against the Wofford Terriers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: BYU Downs Gonzaga, 89-67

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NCAA Bracket Update, BYU Vs. Gonzaga: Jimmer Fredette Leads Cougars To 89-67 Win

Jimmer Fredette and the BYU Cougars are into the Sweet Sixteen after an 89-67 win over Gonzaga on Saturday. Fredette shook off a slow start to score a game-high 34 points as the Cougars shook off Gonzaga in the second half, turning a close game into a rout in an instant.

Gonzaga hung around through the first half and part of the second, but a scoring slump coinciding with a BYU run put the game out of reach and allowed the Cougars to coast down the stretch while securing a 22-point win. A quick 12-0 run beginning at the 12 minute mark in the second half turned an eight-point lead into a 20-point lead for BYU, ending any hopes Gonzaga had of pulling off the upset.

BYU moves on to face Florida in the Sweet Sixteen. The Gators knocked off UCLA earlier on Saturday, 73-65.

The rest of the Southeast region bracket can be found below.

No. Butler def. No. 1 Pittsburgh, 71-70
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Kansas State
No. 3 BYU def. No. 11 Gonzaga, 89-67
No. 2 Florida def. No. 7 UCLA, 73-65

To connect with BYU fans, check out Vanquish the Foe. For more on Gonzaga, head over to The Slipper Still Fits and SB Nation Seattle.

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket... the full March Madness schedule.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: No. 3 BYU Vs. No. 11 Gonzaga

Two of the best college basketball teams west of the Rockies will face off in the Third Round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket. But, in one of the delightful ironies of the NCAA Tournament's geographic brackets, the BYU vs. Gonzaga game on the updated 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule is a Southeast Regional showdown, tipping off from Denver on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. Eastern.

For the Cougars, advancing is based on as simple concept: Jimmer Fredette will take them as far as he can. Fredette's 32 points helped BYU top Wofford in the Second Round, and made up for the rest of his cohort going 14-of-36 from the field. And, it should be noted, that wasn't even a great game from Jimmer, as he made only two three-pointers.

Gonzaga, on the other hand, has the more complete team at this point in the season. Robert Sacre and Elias Harris give the Bulldogs two solid scoring options, and the emergence of Marquise Carter on Thursday — he scored a career-high 24 points against St. John's — could give Gonzaga a third. The Zags will likely force BYU and Fredette to shoot its way into the Sweet Sixteen by controlling the paint.

Star Watch: Sacre will be the most important player on the court on Saturday. Fredette will get his points, but if Sacre can score at will against the BYU forwards, it might not matter.

Prediction: If Jimmer can score more than 40 points, BYU will win. He'll get 35, and the Cougars' Final Four dreams will go up in smoke in a 79-76 loss.

More Reading: SB Nation's Mountain West blog has tons of BYU insight, while you can learn more about Gonzaga at SB Nation Seattle.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East Region, West Region, Southeast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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