Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had this to say about Noel in today's SEC teleconference: “Incredible, incredible talent at the basket. His presence – he's averaging over six blocks per game in league play, and that is mind-boggling. Obviously last year they had a very, very special player at the basket, Anthony Davis. And Anthony Davis was probably a little bigger – I don't know this, but I think he's a little bigger – but I'm not sure even he was the presence Noel is at the basket defensively. Completely changes the game. Playing with a lot of confidence. And you can see, a lot like Davis last year, as the season is getting further along, that kid is growing by leaps and bounds offensively as well.”
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On December 10, 1951, Bob Burrow collected 34 rebounds against Temple for the most rebounds ever in a single game by a Kentucky player.
- On December 10, 1977, as top-ranked UK is defeating Kansas on “Adolph Rupp Night” in Allen Field House on Naismith Drive in Lawrence, Kansas, Rupp dies. Thousands would participate in the funeral procession in Lexington.
- On December 10, 2011, Indiana's Christian Watford hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer in Assembly Hall to stun No. 1 Kentucky. It's only the second time Indiana had beaten a top-ranked team at Assembly Hall.