Remember previous years when ALL the Kentucky Wildcat freshman used to win the SEC Freshman of the Week Award? Well Nerlens Noel has taken it upon himself to make sure that a Wildcat wins it every week … but thing is, he is the ONLY Wildcat winning it lately. Noel grabbed the award for the third straight week. Here is more from the UK Media Advisory:
Noel averaged 10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks in wins at Ole Miss and at Texas A&M. Noel began the week with a 12-block performance in an upset of No. 16 Ole Miss. The 12 rejections set a new single-game record for Kentucky and ranks as the third-most ever for an SEC player.
He followed that defensive-gem with a breakout offensive outing in an overtime victory at Texas A&M. He logged a career-high 19 points and earned his third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds ranks as the second most in a single game in his career, and the most against an SEC foe. His .700 field goal clip also ranked as the best on the team.
The SEC honor is the third of his career after winning the award the last two weeks. He’s the first player since John Wall in the 2010 season to earn the award three straight weeks. Wall was named SEC Freshman of the week four straight times that season.
Kentucky returns to the floor when it begins a two-game stretch at home. UK begins the run with a date against South Carolina on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Meanwhile, John Calipari continues to wait for his Wildcats to be back in the Top 25. The two major polls came out earlier and the Indiana Hoosiers are the new number one team in the nation, followed by Florida, Michigan, Duke, and Kansas in the top five. Don’t look for the Wildcats however. UK finished #34 in the AP poll and tied for 38th with Middle Tennessee and UCLA in the USA Coaches Poll. Have to question the intelligence of the coaches as Ole Miss still sits at #23 after a double-digit loss on their home court to Kentucky.
Not that I expected Kentucky to be ranked, but for the second straight week, virtually half the top 25 teams lost and some of them multiple times. I was a week like that which kept Louisville at a respectable 12th after losing three games in a row. Don’t expect any sense or sensibility from the pollsters for a while, but if Kentucky keeps winning, they have to be ranked, right?