Before Tuesday night, Kentucky had played more than 2,700 games in school history. But never in the program's rich history had a player ever registered double-digit blocks in a single outing. Nerlens Noel put a memorable end to that in an 87-74 win over No. 16 Ole Miss. Noel obliterated the previous record of nine shared by Andre Riddick and Sam Bowie with 12 blocks, five of which came with four fouls and after the Rebels had cut a 17-point Wildcat lead to one with a little more than four minutes left. Even though he missed his lone field-goal attempt and scored just two points, the Cats likely would not have come close to pulling off their biggest win of the season without Noel.
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 February 27, 1956, Kentucky scored 143 points against Georgia for the most points ever scored by a Kentucky team in a single game.
- On February 27, 1956, Kentucky made 60 field goals against Georgia for the most field goals ever made in a single game by a Kentucky team.
- On February 27, 2016, freshman Jamal Murray scored 33 points at Vanderbilt.