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Nerlens Noel isn't getting many RSVP's to his block parties.
In fact, opponents prefer to avoid the Kentucky freshman whenever making a trip to the basket.
Noel has been dominating defensively since Southeastern Conference play began, blocking 49 shots in seven league games. His 12 rejections in Tuesday night's 87-74 victory over No. 16 Mississippi set a school record - he had half of the blocks while playing with four fouls.
Kentucky (14-6, 5-2) enters Saturday's game at Texas A&M (13-7, 3-4) with the 6-foot-10 forward leading the nation in blocked shots at 4.8 per game. Noel has 95 swats, more than halfway to Anthony Davis' record of 186 during Kentucky's championship run last season.
Noel downplays ongoing comparisons to the former All-American, though he wants to break Davis' mark.
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Kentucky's Nerlens Noel is among 12 players announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as a mid-season candidate for the Wayman Tisdale Award honoring the nation's top freshman player of the 2012-13 season.
Everyone was invited last night as Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel racked up 12 blocks in a victory over #16 Ole Miss. Kyle Wiltjer scored a career high 26 points, and Archie Goodwin had his best game since November (24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 6-11 FG, 12-14 FT). Not even the presence of Marshall Henderson could overshadow Noel’s dominance on the defensive end. The 12 blocks...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Freshman Nerlens Noel had a season-high 19 points and Julius Mays also scored 19, including five in overtime, to lead Kentucky to a 72-68 win over Texas A&M on Saturday.
The Wildcats (15-6, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) led by one point before Mays made two free throws with 15 seconds left. Texas A&M (13-8, 3-5) had a chance to tie it after...
Kentucky hit 10 of its last 12 free throws on Saturday to survive an overtime scare at Texas A&M. Julius Mays and Nerlens Noel each posted 19 points to lead the Wildcats to a 72-68 win.
On February 2nd, Texas A&M will host the Kentucky Wildcats in a conference rematch which saw the Aggies take the win in Rupp earlier in the year. Aggies head coach, Billy Kennedy extended an offer to Gillispie to watch the Aggies take on the ‘Cats. Gillispie has told the Dallas Morning News that Kennedy has extended previous offers, but he is actually going to be playing golf...
The Midseason watch list for Freshman of the Year has been released by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The Wayman Tisdale Award is given to the best freshman on April 15th in Oklahoma City. Nerlens Noel is named on the watch list for the award, and is the only freshman in the SEC on the list.
Jordan Adams, UCLA
The strength of this Kentucky team will be the frontcourt. Leading the way is the top recruit in the country in Nerlens Noel. Noel is almost the same player that Anthony Davis was minus the offensive skills. He is just a freakish athlete with great length that is a dominant rebounder and shot blocker.For a big man Noel is an excellent passer. He needs to get a little...
Fresh off a tough road win against MSU, the Aggies return home to host the Kentucky Wildcats who are looking for revenge after Texas A&M left Rupp Arena with a 12-point victory three weeks ago. Here's a preview of today's game that tops at 5:00 PM central.
Even the darkest storms have silver linings.
Granted Kentuckys lackluster 15-6 record isnt the equivalent of a hurricane or a tornado or even a nasty noreaster. But for Wildcat basketball fans less a year from their national championship celebration, third place in the SEC and needing a rally to even earn an invitation to the tournament is just as gray, damp, cold and miserable...