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LEFT COAST LAYUPS (12/12/2012): UNLV HAS ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE WITH MOSER OUT

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Raphielle Johnson

 

With 15:16 remaining in the first half of UNLV’s 76-75 win over California on Sunday evening the one thing the Runnin’ Rebels could not afford to have happen did. Junior forward Mike Moser went down with a dislocated right elbow, and the absolute worst was feared for UNLV’s best returnee. Dave Rice received “good” news in regards to the timeframe for Moser’s recovery, as no MRI was needed and there’s the thought that Moser could be back in time for the start of Mountain West play next month.

 

But the question remains: who will step up with Moser out of the lineup?

 

UNLV received a strong answer in the affirmative from freshman Anthony Bennett, as he tallied 25 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. That came on the heels of putting up 18 points and six rebounds in a win at Portland, a game Moser missed due to a hip flexor. Bennett is leading the way with averages of 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest, so he’s been productive even when Moser’s been on the floor. But there was another key contribution on Sunday night, one that could have an impact well into March if UNLV is fortunate.

 

Bryce Dejean-Jones entered Sunday’s game mired in a four-game shooting slump, scoring a total of 16 points on 5-of-25 shooting from the field (1-of-9 3PT). Dejean-Jones’ numbers on Sunday: 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting (2-of-4 3PT), providing UNLV with the boost needed to make sure Quintrell Thomas’ bucket in the final seconds proved to be the difference. Both Dejean-Jones and Katin Reinhardt will be key figures offensively for the Rebels with Anthony Marshall having to run the show, thus turning him into more of a distributor.

 

Khem Birch becoming eligible will help on the boards for UNLV, but he isn’t a player they can expect to make a major difference from a scoring standpoint. That makes the progression of players such as Dejean-Jones and Reinhardt all the more important, and that will remain the case when Moser returns. Moser’s injury makes it tougher for UNLV in regards to them winning at North Carolina on December 29, but if the guards can raise their scoring then his absence could become a blessing in disguise with an eye cast towards March.

 

Mountain West

Player of the Week: UNLV forward Anthony Bennett

Bennett came up big in UNLV’s wins over Portland and California, averaging 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game with Mike Moser missing the first game (hip flexor) and leaving the win at Cal early in the first half with a dislocated elbow.

 

Lobos keep plugging along: Much of the preseason and early attention has gone to UNLV and San Diego State, but it must be reiterated that people better not sleep on New Mexico. The Lobos moved to 10-0 on the season with wins over Valparaiso and USC last week, but a home and home with rival New Mexico State will provide a nice test. Tony Snell, Kendall Williams and Hugh Greenwood are playing well on the perimeter, and Alex Kirk is grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game inside. One of two undefeated teams remaining in the Mountain West (Wyoming), New Mexico has the talent needed to repeat as regular season champs provided players such as Kirk, Cameron Bairstow and freshman Nick Banyard chip in up front.

 

Schedule (Wednesday – Tuesday)

Wednesday

10 PM Colorado at Fresno State

 

Thursday

10 PM La Verne at No. 20 UNLV

 

Friday

9 PM LSU at Boise State

 

Saturday

6 PM New Mexico State at No. 17 New Mexico (CBSSN)

6 PM San Francisco at Nevada

10 PM San Diego at No. 18 San Diego State

10 PM UC Irvine at Fresno State

 

Monday

8 PM No. 20 UNLV at UTEP (CBSSN)

9 PM North Florida at Colorado State

 

Tuesday

9 PM Denver at Wyoming

10 PM Point Loma at No. 18 San Diego State

 

Big Sky

Player of the Week: Weber State forward Kyle Tresnak

Tresnak averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest in the Wildcats’ wins over Utah Valley and UC Irvine. In the win over Utah Valley Tresnak established season highs in points (20) and rebounds (nine) while also blocking three shots. 

 

Grizzlies receive a welcome boost: The day that Montana fans have been waiting for will finally arrive on Saturday night, as senior guard Will Cherry will make his season debut against South Dakota State. The reigning Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year was out with a broken foot, and his return places Wayne Tinkle’s team atop the Big Sky pecking order once again. The silver lining of the clue that was Cherry’s absence: players such as Keron DeShields and Jordan Gregory gained much-needed experience. Hopefully Cherry is up to the task to contribute on Saturday, as the Jackrabbits are led by prolific guard Nate Wolters.

 

Schedule (Wednesday – Tuesday)

Wednesday

10:35 PM Oregon State at Portland State

 

Thursday

8:05 PM Presentation College at North Dakota

10:05 PM Idaho State at Cal State Fullerton

 

Saturday

9 PM South Dakota State at Montana

9 PM BYU at Weber State

10:35 PM George Fox at Portland State

 

Monday

8:35 PM Montana State at Northern Arizona

9:05 PM Tabor College at Northern Colorado

9:35 PM North Dakota at Southern Utah

10 PM Eastern Washington at UC Davis

 

Big West

Player of the Week: Pacific forward Ross Rivera

After starting the first seven games of the season Rivera adjusted well to coming off the bench, playing a pivotal role in wins over Nevada and San Francisco. For the week the junior averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, shooting 63.2% from the field. Rivera scored a season-high 17 points in just 15 minutes of action in the win over San Francisco.

 

The gang’s all here (on December 18): Thanks to finals Long Beach State has just one game this week, a home contest against BYU-Hawai’i. That should be more than manageable for Dan Monson’s shorthanded team, and it’s also the last game the 49ers will play before transfers Tony Freeland, Edgar Garibay and Keala King become eligible. King, who began his career at Arizona State, gives The Beach a much-needed perimeter scorer while Freeland and Garibay will help in the front court. Those two will allow James Ennis, who has played at the four for much of the non-conference schedule, to move back to his more natural position on the wing. Their first game: at UCLA, who hasn’t proven to be the world-beating squad that many predicted them to be over the summer.

 

Schedule (Thursday – Tuesday)

Thursday

10:05 PM Idaho State at Cal State Fullerton

 

Friday

10 PM Eastern New Mexico at Cal Poly

 

Saturday

5 PM UC Davis at Stanford (P12N)

7 PM UC Riverside at USC (P12N)

7 PM BYU Hawai’i at Long Beach State

8 PM Santa Clara at Pacific

10 PM UC Irvine at Fresno State

10 PM San Diego Christian at UCSB

12:30 AM Hawai’i at Chaminade

 

Monday

10 PM Eastern Washington at UC Davis

10 PM Cal Poly at Santa Clara

 

Tuesday

9:05 PM San Diego Christian at Cal State Northridge

10 PM Whittier at UC Riverside

10 PM LSU at UC Irvine

11 PM UCSB at California (P12N)

11 PM Long Beach State at UCLA (P12N) 

 

Pac-12

Player of the Week: Washington State forward Brock Motum

Motum won Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career last week, as he averaged 23.0 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. In a 71-69 loss to Gonzaga Motum made five of seven three-pointers on his way to scoring 23 points, and he followed that up with another 23-point outing in WSU’s win over Fresno State. 

 

Major litmus test awaits Arizona after finals: While the Arizona Wildcats are taking care of final exams this week there’s a major on-court test for Sean Miller’s squad on Saturday night. No. 6 Florida comes calling, and with their experienced front court led by junior Patric Young the Gators are more than capable of challenging the Wildcats’ young interior. Clemson’s Milton Jennings and Devin Booker gave the Wildcat big men trouble inside (and Solomon Hill shot 2-of-16), so players such as Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett need to show progress this weekend. Too early to tell whether or not Arizona’s bigs are good enough to help get them to Atlanta, but we will learn just how far they have to go.

 

Schedule (Wednesday – Tuesday)

Wednesday

9 PM DePaul at Arizona State (P12N)

10 PM Colorado at Fresno State

10:35 PM Oregon State at Portland State

 

Thursday

10 PM Jackson State at Washington State

10 PM Washington at Seattle (ROOT)

 

Saturday

3 PM Dartmouth at Arizona State (P12N)

4:30 PM Nebraska at Oregon (FSN)

5 PM UC Davis at Stanford (P12N)

7 PM UC Riverside at USC (P12N)

7 PM Jackson State at Washington (P12N)

9 PM Prairie View A&M at UCLA (P12N)

10 PM No. 5 Florida at No. 8 Arizona (ESPN)

11 PM No. 16 Creighton at California (P12N)

 

Tuesday

9 PM Oral Roberts at No. 8 Arizona (P12N)

9 PM Stanford at No. 25 NC State (ESPN2)

9 PM SMU at Utah (P12N)

11 PM UCSB at California (P12N)

11 PM Long Beach State at UCLA (P12N)

 

WCC

Player of the Week: San Diego guard Johnny Dee

For the second time this season Dee wins Player of the Week honors, as he led the Toreros to a pair of wins with an average of 20.0 points per game. Dee shot 8-of-14 from beyond the arc made 60% of his shots from the field.

 

Defense the key for surging Waves: Pepperdine entered the 2012-13 season as a team many didn’t expect much from, even with the return of senior guard Lorne Jackson. But the Waves have won six of their last seven games and sit at 6-3 on the season, and their work on the defensive end is a reason why. Pepperdine doesn’t force many turnovers (12.7 per game) but they do lead the WCC in field goal percentage defense (37.9%) and rank second in three-point percentage defense ((32.2%). Jordan Baker led the way in their 63-56 win over Hawai’i with 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and if he and freshman forward Stacy Davis can consistently provide points alongside Jackson Pepperdine may be able to surprise some folks when league play rolls around.

 

Schedule (Friday – Tuesday)

Friday

10:30 PM Portland Bible at Portland

 

Saturday

6 PM San Francisco at Nevada

8 PM Santa Clara at Pacific

9 PM Kansas State at No. 14 Gonzaga (ESPN2)

9 PM BYU at Weber State

10 PM San Diego at No. 18 San Diego State

 

Monday

10 PM Cal State Bakersfield at Portland

10 PM Cal Poly at Santa Clara

 

Tuesday

9 PM Eastern New Mexico at BYU (BYUtv)

10 PM Holy Cross at San Francisco

 

WAC

Player of the Week: San Jose State guard James Kinney

The senior guard led the Spartans to a pair of wins last week, scoring 27 in a win at UC Davis and following that up with 20 points against Sacramento State. For the week Kinney, one of the best scorers in the WAC, averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

 

Golden opportunity in front of the Redhawks: Seattle picked up their first win at Eastern Washington since 2009 on Monday night as they beat the Eagles 75-69. Chad Rasmussen led the way offensively with 16 points and Prince Obasi dished out seven assists for Cameron Dollar’s squad, which now has a great opportunity at its fingertips on Thursday night. Seattle hosts Washington on Thursday night, and the 4-4 Huskies have struggled to find consistency this season. The same can be said for Seattle, but a win over Washington would be a nice statement to make within the city. In order to do so however, they’re going to need big games from forwards Clarence Trent (11.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Deshaun Sunderhaus (11.0, 7.8) inside.

 

Schedule (Wednesday – Tuesday)

Wednesday

8 PM Louisiana Tech at McNeese State

 

Thursday

8 PM Houston Baptist at UT-Arlington

10 PM Washington at Seattle (ROOT)

 

Saturday

6 PM New Mexico State at No. 17 New Mexico

6 PM Omaha at Denver

8 PM Texas State at Texas (LHN)

9:05 PM Utah State at Utah Valley

10:05 PM Walla Walla at Idaho

 

Monday

7 PM Texas State at Northwestern (BTN)

8 PM Louisiana Tech at Arkansas-Little Rock

10 PM Jackson State at Seattle

 

Tuesday

9 PM Denver at Wyoming

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