UNLV losing to Division II Dixie State is bad news, but the hamstring injury to Bryce Dejean-Jones is even worse news for the Runnin’ Rebels as the junior guard and returning leading scorer left during the first half of the loss with an apparent injury to his right hamstring.
Dixie State pulled off the 71-70 upset over UNLV at the Thomas and Mack Center as they held they Rebels to 34.8 percent shooting but the injury to Dejean-Jones could be serious, according to head coach Dave Rice.
According to Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun, Dejean-Jones walked off the court in the middle of a play clutching his right hamstring. The 6-foot-5 junior then went to the locker room and watched the second half from the bench.
“I think it’s a pretty significant injury,” Rice said after the game. “He said he felt or heard a pop.”
Losing Dejean-Jones would be a major blow for the Runnin’ Rebels as they clearly struggled shooting last night and could use his experience and offense with so many new players.
Also of note is the struggles of 6-foot-7 junior wing Jelan Kendrick. The former McDonald’s All-American and transfer shot 2-of-14 and was 1-for-6 behind the three-point line.
The loss to Dixie State shouldn’t mean too much for UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels escaped with a one-point overtime win over the Division II program last season and went on to the NCAA Tournament, so there’s plenty of time to right the ship after a loss that doesn’t even count.
The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.
North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.
The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.
North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.
It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.
Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.
People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).
The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.
LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:
This is peak AAU basketball.
It will never be more AAU than that.
In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.
The crowd was insane for the game:
According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.
Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:
At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:
(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)
The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.
South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.
Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.
The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.