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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 is a new Kentucky single-game block record.
A day after winning SEC Freshman of the Week, for the 2nd straight week, Noel’s performance in Oxford has made waves through the college basketball world. Ole Miss’ Murphy Holloway says Noel is better than Anthony Davis. Through 20 games, Noel has 95 blocks compared to 93 for Davis. Skip Bayless says Noel’s performance made him some NBA money, and is one of the most dominating displays he has ever seen. Noel blocked nine layups, a dunk and two jumpers last night and kept nine of his 12 blocks in play. Those numbers are Bill Russell-esque. The 12 blocks is the 5th most among NCAA freshmen, and 3rd most all-time in SEC history. Since blocks started being recorded in 1984-85, only 18 Division I players have had more blocks in a single game than Noel did last night.
Now to put the icing on the historical cake. In 16 SEC games, Anthony Davis blocked 79 shots. Noel has 48 blocks in 7 game s, which means he is averaging a shade under 7 blocks per game in league play. If Noel continues this pace, he will rack up over 100 blocks and completely shatter the mark set by last June’s #1 NBA Draft Pick. When the conversation started comparing Noel to Davis, the words out of everyone’s mouth was “that’s not fair.” Davis won the championship, every major award, #1 draft pick, and a gold medal. Noel may not leave Kentucky as decorated as Davis, but he may prove to be more of a force.
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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.
Kentucky's Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots while Kyle Wiltjer and Archie Goodwin delivered 26 and 24 points, respectively, in the Wildcats' 87-74 win at Ole Miss.
Mississippi wasn't shy about taking the ball to the basket Tuesday night, even with Kentucky's accomplished shot blocker Nerlens Noel roaming the paint.
That confidence was impressive. The results were not.
Noel blocked a school-record 12 shots, dominating on the defensive end as the Wildcats beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74, snapping the Rebels' nine-game winning streak...
Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points and Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74 on Tuesday night.
Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 SEC) looked like it might run away with the win, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.
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...
The court of Tad Smith Coliseum reads Ole Miss. But on Tuesday night, it was owned by Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel. Just ask Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points and Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74 on Tuesday night.
Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) looked like it might run away with the win, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting...
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