For the first time since blocking a school record 12 blocked shots against Ole Miss on Tuesday, Nerlens Noel spoke with the media to talk about his big night, his pursuit of Anthony Davis’ single-season blocks record and more.
OXFORD, Miss. — Nerlens Noel’s defensive performance Tuesday night in Kentucky’s 87-74 win over Ole Miss was one for the record books, if not for the ages. The performance was so good that Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway called Noel “the best shot blocker to ever play the game.”
OXFORD, Miss. — Going forward, all of Tuesday night’s key breakthroughs could pay big dividends down the stretch, but it was important in the short term because UK got its much-needed road win against a ranked opponent. In need of marquee victory, the Cats (14-6, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) notched a critical résumé-building win with a thrilling 87-74 decision over No. 16 Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1 SEC).
As the leader of a players-first program, John Calipari tried to do Thursday what he’s always done when things have gone awry with his team. He tried falling on his sword. On Friday, the players took the sword out from underneath their coach and pointed it at themselves.
Maybe he’s not quite as dominant as Davis was a season ago, but he’s been pretty darn close. On a team that’s without players like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller, he’s been every bit as valuable.
Kentucky doesn’t plan to take it easy on its Friday opponent, Lafayette, especially given the circumstances. The Cats are coming off their first loss of the season, a 75-68 loss to No. 9 Duke, and will play their first regular-season home game of the year.
Every championship team is defined by championship moments. They happen behind closed doors in practices, during regular-season games, and, of course, in the championship game. The following is the second in a series of articles chronicling the championship moments during 2011-2012 Kentucky basketball season.Today we chronicle the early season play of Anthony Davis as the freshman phenom set a championship tone early in the UK season.
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.