1. The fate of Providence point guard Kris Dunn's season may rest on an MRI scheduled to be taken Monday on his injured right shoulder. Dunn hurt the shoulder when an opposing player rolled on it as they were vying for a loose ball during the first half of Providence’s exhibition victory over Rhode Island College on Saturday night. It's the same shoulder in which the former McDonald's All-American suffered a torn labrum that cost him the first nine games of last season. "It’s a big concern because if it is torn, it could be the season for him," Dunn's father told the New London Day.
2. A 71-70 exhibition upset to Division II Dixie State wasn't the most damaging loss UNLV sustained Friday night. The Rebels also lost starting guard Bryce Dejean-Jones to a pulled hamstring that could sideline him for Friday's regular season opener – or perhaps longer. "I think it’s a pretty significant injury," UNLV coach Dave Rice told the Las Vegas Sun. "He said he felt or heard a pop." A UNLV spokesman deemed Dejean-Jones' return date "uncertain" on Sunday evening. Khem Birch and Kendall Smith are also "day-to-day" with sprained ankles.
3. Anyone who suggested Ole Miss should have no trouble without Marshall Henderson during his three-game suspension should probably reevaluate that stance. The Rebels barely survived without Henderson Friday night against Division II South Carolina Aiken, eking out a 75-70 victory despite shooting 18 percent behind the 3-point line and turning the ball over 18 times. Granted the three regular season games Henderson will miss aren't against elite opponents, but Troy, Auburn and Mississippi State are each much more formidable than Division II competition.
4. Dez Wells' first audition at point guard in the absence of injured starter Seth Allen was a modest success. The 6-foot-5 junior played 24 minutes in Maryland's exhibition rout of overmatched Catholic University, tallying seven points on 3 of 4 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of turnovers. The low turnover total was a good sign, but the Terps need Wells to shoot more than four times to beat the quality teams on their schedule. “There’s no question there’s an adjustment,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon told the Washington Post.
5. Memphis is a fixture in the top 15 in most preseason polls and Baylor is on the fringes of most top 25s, but you wouldn't know it from the results of a "secret" scrimmage between the two programs on Sunday. According to multiple reports, the Bears got the better of the Tigers, though Memphis had some worthwhile excuses. Returning starter Chris Crawford was one of three players left behind in Memphis for being late to the team bus, Shaq Goodwin played sparingly as a result of a toe injury and Michael Dixon is still shaking the rust off from a year away from basketball.
College of Charleston fans who stayed until the end of the Cougars' 102-87 exhibition win over Division II Newberry College received a nice reward. Six-foot-1 guard Johnathan Burroughs-Cook blew past his defender in the final minute of the game and delivered a thunderous one-handed dunk over a late-arriving help defender. The best part of the video is the reaction of the College of Charleston bench. Many of them have to be held back from running onto the floor to congratulate Burroughs-Cook.
"We were guarding Randle with five guys and he went for 16 and 12. Every time Young was guarding one of our guys that had the ball we said, pass it to somebody else because he was just going to take it from them." — Transylvania coach Brian Lane on Kentucky freshmen Julius Randle and James Young. The Wildcats demolished Transylvania 76-42 in an exhibition game on Friday night. (The Advocate Messenger)
The regular season tips off Friday evening. Until then, perusing exhibition box scores and season preview material is the best you'll do for an early college basketball fix.
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