Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Without Nerlens Noel, UK Needs a Heart Transplant

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February 12, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators center Patric Young (4) and Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) go after the rebound during the second half at the Stephen C. O

 

Now more than ever the University of Kentucky’s Men’s Basketball Team needs you. Hell maybe for the first time since Calipari arrived in Lexington has a UK team needed the fans at this level. Their heart was ripped from them Tuesday night in Gainesville on Noel’s chase down block of a Florida player’s fast break lay up attempt. The block was critical to UK’s run against the Florida. The landing? Devastating.  In fact, after emailing with Paul Jordan today, not since Sam Bowie have we had an injury to a post player be as devastating as this one.  Granted he led the team to the Final Four the year following but I will be shocked if Nerlens comes back.

It’s pretty phenomenal that with the style of play and talent Calipari has funneling through Lexington every year that more injuries of this nature aren’t more common. Sure, Hood tore his ACL but let’s face it, Hood isn’t Noel. Imagine if Anthony Davis had suffered this same thing last season. On second thought, don’t. He was banged up a big in the NCAA Tourney but soldiered through it and dominated the Final Four in one way or another. And as a result all we had to do as members of the Big Blue Nation was talk trash to UL fans and taunt the rest of college basketball for being having the team they wish they did. It’s a natural byproduct of excellence. We didn’t have to deal with any messy seasons or devastating injuries.

And yes, I know we didn’t have a fantastic record with the Brandon Knight team, but we did make the Final Four because the team gelled in the way Calipari needed them to. The way they needed to. And we were behind them 100%.

We must be behind this team with a more fired up, passionate, desperate 100% than any other team we’ve seen these past four years.

On the next page, I’ve listed tweets from various sports writers, college and professional athletes, and fans.  It’s touching.

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