Jan 29, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Mississippi Rebels guard Marshall Henderson (22) drives to the basket against Kentucky Wildcats guard Jarrod Polson (5) during the game at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

NCAA College Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats 87 (16) Mississippi Rebels 74

All season long, the defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats have struggled and looked for a signature win this season. Things looked bleak as the Wildcats, down two players (Willie Cauley-Stein and Twany Beckham), travelled to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the white-hot Ole Miss Rebels and their leading scorer Marshall Henderson.  But that is why they play the games.  Freshman Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocks and  Kyle Wiltjer scored a career high 26 points as Kentucky upset Ole Miss 87-74.  The odd stat of the night is that despite his heroics on defense, Noel did not hit a field goal and took just one shot all night and finished with just 2 points.  The scoring slack for Kentucky was filled by  Archie Goodwin, who also added 24.  Kentucky improved to 14-6 on the season and 5-2 in the SEC.

Kentucky actually held a 17 point lead when Noel picked up his fourth foul.  The Rebels went on a furious 16-0 run, cutting the lead to 73-72 at the 4:29 mark.  Noel picked up his game and had four blocks the rest of the way as UK pulled away.  Ole Miss falls to 17-3 and 6-1 in the SEC.  The Rebels were led by  Ladarius White’s  22  points and Henderson’s 21.

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