Won for the résumé: Kentucky picks perfect time to play its best game

Nerlens Noel - photo by Spruce Derden | USA TODAY Sport
– photo by Spruce Derden | USA TODAY Sport

He’s pleaded with them to play harder, play angrier. He’s told them to play to win, not play not to lose. He’s done everything he can to get to go harder, pushed to take the reins of this team and asked Nerlens Noel to step up in ’s absence.

Calipari and the Wildcats got all those and then some Tuesday night in Oxford, Miss., including a single-game record 12 blocked shots from Noel, in perhaps the craziest, most entertaining game of the season for Kentucky.

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 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 (17-3, 6-1 ).

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