Nerlens Noel Leaves Game With Knee Injury In Kentucky Loss To Florida

02/12/2013 08:49 PM

While UK wasn’t knocking down the door, for most of the game, the Wildcats hung close enough to pose a challenge to Florida. That is until freshman forward Nerlens Noel went out of the game with what looked like a severe knee injury.

After going on a 7-2 run midway through the second half, Kentucky lost its most important player and the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week. Noel landed awkwardly on his leg and screamed in pain as trainers checked out the injury. Teammates carried him off the court, and he left the O’Connell Center for a hospital in wheel chair. Noel underwent tests at Shands Hospital, and he will fly back with the team tonight. Noel ended the game with eight points, three blocks, and six rebounds.

Florida’s Patric Young said after the game that Noel’s “leg was wobbly, knee looked dislocated. It was gruesome.”

John Calipari said he hopes and prays that Nerlens is OK.

Big Blue Nation joins Coach Cal hoping and praying that one of college basketball’s most promising player returns to the court healthy soon.

This loss puts Kentucky two games behind the Gators on the SEC leader board. Freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein and senior guard Julius Mays led the team with 10 points each. On the offense, sophomore guard Ryan Harrow was silent, recording a single assist and failing to score in the 19 minutes he played.


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