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Contrary to the ESPN College GameDay presence that will make it seem otherwise, Kentucky’s game with Missouri on Saturday is not the biggest game on the schedule, John Calipari said Friday. “This is not the end-all game,” Coach Cal said. “It’s a big game because it’s the next one on our schedule.”
In Kentucky’s 74-70 win over Vanderbilt, Harrow scored 12 points, dished out four assists and didn’t turn it over once. In his previous two games, he posted combined totals of zero points and one assist. His performance in Noel’s season-ending game at Florida was so poor that Coach Cal brought him off the bench at Tennessee for the first time since the Portland game on Dec. 8.
For everything that has gone right or wrong this season, Kentucky’s fate has yet to be determined. Sure, the 30-point loss at Tennessee over the weekend looked bad, but it was UK’s first game without Noel. Not all hope is lost quite yet.
With the NBA All-Star break upon us, it is time to look at the 2012-13 performances of the plethora of former John Calipari and Kentucky players in the Association.
Noel has a torn ACL and will undergo reconstructive surgery soon, the same surgery Hood had after he sustained the same injury as Noel in similar fashion. The injury – which happened in a summer pickup game – and the rehabilitation that followed cost Hood the entire 2011-12 season, which means the two teammates are members a fraternity into which no athlete wants to be initiated.