TUCSON, Ariz. – Since he doesn't exactly have a nickname worthy of what he's doing these days, Devon Beitzel is happy to accept the one thrown at him: Little Jimmer.
"I'll take the comparisons, I'll take the compliments," Beitzel said, "but, I mean, I'm definitely not at that level."
No, Beitzel hasn't dropped 50 points this season like BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, though the comparisons aren't far-fetched. They're short white guys. Both are deceptively quick dead-eye shooters. Each wears No. 32. And Fredette has twice done what Beitzel hopes his 15th-seeded Northern Colorado Bears can do Thursday afternoon: beat San Diego State, the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West Region.
Northern Colorado rode the 6-foot, 170-pound Beitzel through the Big Sky Conference tournament for its first NCAA bid. He has scored 23 points or more during the Bears' seven-game winning streak, and his off-balance three-pointer in the conference championship game evoked the Jimmer comparison all the more.Read More »from Fearless one