BYU coach Dave Rose said Monday that star player Jimmer Fredette should expect to face more physical play from Mountain West Conference defenders trying to stop him and that officials won't always be consistent in how they call the games.
"Jimmer and I talk about that all the time," Rose said. "What I think the difference is is that we're playing teams now for the second time. That in itself can cause a little more frustration in any sport at any level. You have to adjust to each individual referee crew that is going to call the game and then accept how it's being called and then adjust and play from there.
"He'll see a lot of players in a lot of situations throughout the league maybe become a little more chippy."
The issue came up after Saturday's win against rival Utah during which Fredette scored 23 points on 7-of-19 shooting, but was so frustrated in doing so that he wasn't made available to media after the game.
According to KSL-TV, Fredette made his feelings be known to referees during the Utah game that he should have gotten more calls.
After getting fouled on what turned out to be his final basket of the night with 59 seconds to play, Fredette let the officials know how he felt about their handling of the game's very physical affairs. Before Fredette could attempt his free throw to complete the three-point play, umpire Mike Reed advised BYU coach Dave Rose to remove his point guard from the game, in light of his vocal unhappiness and increasing frustration level. With the game no longer in doubt, Fredette left the contest after scoring his final point.
Whether the official should be engaging in such a dialogue with Rose is something that can be debated, but there can be no argument that Fredette is getting the stuffing knocked out of him on a nightly basis, and this past week in particular, the whistle was swallowed more often than not.
It appears that Fredette's brilliance and as a scorer and ease in finding different ways to score is leading officials to make him have to work even harder than lesser players to earn the whistle.