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UNLV’s Moser day-to-day after MRI results on hip come back negative



UNLV players Mike Moser, right, and Anthony Bennett, left, celebrate from the bench on both sides of coach Dave Rice during the second half of their game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Bennett led UNLV in scoring with 18 points as they won 68-60.

UNLV junior forward Mike Moser is day-to-day after MRI results came back negative Thursday. Moser is officially dealing with a left hip flexor strain, a slightly more specific diagnosis than he was given leading into the game he had to miss Tuesday at Portland.

“He’ll do a little bit more every day,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “I’ll know a lot more tomorrow than I did today.”

Without Moser the Rebels came out flat and had to fight their way back to a 68-60 victory as the Portland native cheered from the bench. On Thursday he was dressed in practice gear but spent the first few minutes shooting by himself before watching most of the drills.

“The good part is he’ll be back sooner than later,” Rice said.

Depending on his development Moser could still play in Sunday afternoon’s game at Cal on EPSNU.

Freshman guard Daquan Cook is in a similar position of uncertainty, though his minutes are based on Rice’s decision, not health. It was a bit surprising before the season when Rice announced that Cook would join freshman Demetris Morant as a redshirt this season, so the decision weeks later to pull it didn’t come as a shock.

The thing is, Cook still hasn’t played. Several times Rice has commented on how much Cook has developed since stepping on campus, both physically and in his on-court performance, but he’s still a mystery to fans. Rice said he doesn’t have a set plan for when to get Cook his first minutes.

“It will just be a feel thing but his attitude has been terrific,” he said.

So that debut could come Sunday, though it’s much more likely that Cook would get his first action the following Thursday in a game at the Orleans Arena against La Verne, a Division III school.

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  1. Need to keep him out till he is 100%.... even if he is at 98% he needs to be out.... Its not fair to him to play unless his body is 100% ready.

    If hes not 100% ready, he could re-injure or have another injury on top of that.

    Best recovery!

  2. If Mike Moser is 98%, then he needs to play. They're playing California, who is a much better opponent than Portland. The Rebels need all the help they can get.

  3. I have to disagree with phillips1990702, the school record is NOT more important than the player.

  4. Not sure how excited I am about burning Cook's redshirt at this point in the season. I see the need for more PG help but he had a lot of opportunity to get PT against some of the earlier patsies on the schedule and didn't...seems a little late now. But the coaching staff knows more than me.

  5. We do need to see what Cook can do. We desperately need better point guard play and if DC can come in and give Marshall a break or move him to the two guard for a few minutes that could be very valuable down the road. AM is really trying hard to be the facilitator but you can tell that he sometimes is itching to be more of a force offensively. I thought that Daquan did well up in Canada and I believe if he can get some minutes in the non conference he will be a nice addition when February and March roll around. Not to mention that we will need some experience at the point for next year when we lose our seniors.

  6. As long as Daquan Cook can get enough playing time before conference play, then it would be wise to burn the redshirt. Even if he only plays 10 mpg, it would be worth it if he provides a different look and facilitates the offense.

  7. am i the only one who thinks AM is an effective point?? Leading the mwc in assists by far, and doing fairly well with protecting the ball and limiting turn overs? id certainly like to see him score more but we dont direly need a new point

  8. Patrick - AM has done a nice job, that is true. I just believe that DC would be a better back up than Katin at the point. We average over 15 to's per game so having a pure point guard play some minutes would only help. I am also sure AM would enjoy the break so he can be more aggressive offensively from time to time.

  9. They shouldn't burn Cook's redshirt. Marshall has done a superb job at point, and when he's been out, the Rebs have picked up the slack as much as they can. The only reason I would see them considering it is if Marshall is getting really tired/beatup (last few games he's taken some nasty falls).

    The thing I'm not sure on is Cook's defense. Marshall is one of the best defenders on the team, and there's just a big question mark on Cook's ability to guard top level, quick PGs.