Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Can this Team Make the Tournament without Nerlens Noel?

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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

Noel’s torn ACL will most certainly end his quest to be the number one pick in the NBA draft, but multiple sources say that he will fall no further than fifth on the draft board. Noel has a ton of potential and NBA GM’s got a sample size of what he can do on the court with players of a high-caliber. This may be a jaded way of looking at things, but the NBA got what it wanted out of Nerlens Noel in college. Players bounce back from ACL injuries all of the time and Noel is too good for a team to pass up.

This injury should certainly shake up the one and done rule.

Wildcat legend and 1996 Champion Derek Anderson also suffered an ACL tear while at Kentucky. Anderson rushed to support the UK big man and offer words of encouragement. Anderson has been a visible and more outspoken supporter of Kentucky ever since John Calipari came to town.

Speaking of 1996, the team that won it all, the Untouchables, will unite at Rupp Arena on February 27th when Kentucky takes on Mississippi State. John Calipari put this one together, of course. The Bulldogs were one of only two teams that defeated the Wildcats all season in 1996. The other team was John Calipari’s UMass team with Marcus Camby.

As a side note, Andrew Wiggins will be on his official visit during the Mississippi State game. I don’t think this is a coincidence.

I’m not sure if you have watched the above video yet. If not, please do so now. After Syracuse lost their final match up against UConn last night, Orange head coach Jim Boeheim was a little upset with ESPN reporter Andy Katz. How upset? He refused to answer any questions from Katz and called him an idiot and a disloyal person. Ouch.

Why the sour grapes? Apparently Katz reported some information about Syracuse player James Southerland. Southernland has had an ongoing academic battle in college. Boeheim told Katz some off the record information about Southerland’s situation and Katz published it. Allegedly.


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