Exhibition games are suppose to be tune up games going up against Division II or lower teams to get ready for the regular season, and they should be blowouts too. UNLV not only loss to Division II Dixie State over the weekend, 71-70, and while the loss is alarming the big news is the hamstring injury to Bryce Dejean-Jones.
Dejean-Jones left the game hobbling to the sideline and clutching his right hamstring. "I think it's a pretty significant injury," head coach Dave Rice said. "He said he felt or heard a pop." It is still too early to tell how long Dejean-Jones will be out, and hamstring injuries tend to be fickle injuries so the time frame could be short or linger for an extended period of time.
Losing Dejean-Jones for an extended period of time would be a big deal for the Rebels, and it was very noticeable against Dixie State in the perimeter defense which suffered greatly once he left the game.
Besides losing Dejean-Jones to injury, the Rebels had a poor night shooting where they shot just 34.8 percent from the field and newcomer Jelan Kendrick shot only 2 of 14, including a paltry 1 of 6 behind the three-point line. Guards Deville Smith and Daquan Cook did not help out either as they went a combined 4 of 14 shots.
It is not time to pull the alarm since this is just an exhibition game, which doesn't count toward their record, but there is a reason to be concerned for UNLV unless this slump continues through the start of the regular season.