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The unthinkable is a specialty of Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel - photo by Bruce Newman | AP

– photo by Bruce Newman | AP

University of freshman Nerlens Noel, continuing his recent trend, did the unthinkable again Tuesday night in the Wildcats' biggest game of the season.  On a night when teammates , and combined to score 65 points, grab 20 rebounds and sink 22 of 39 field-goal attempts in an 87-74 upset of 16th-ranked Mississippi, Noel managed to steal the show despite scoring just two points.

That happens when you block a school-record 12 shots and single handedly put a lid on the opponent's goal in crunch time, swatting five shots in the final four minutes while playing with four fouls. clung to a four-point lead with 3:54 to go when Noel crammed Murphy Holloway's dunk attempt back in his face. With the lead at six 19 seconds later, Noel denied Reginald Buckner's slam.

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On February 23, 1970, Dan Issel scored 47 points against Alabama.

 

On February 23, 2019, with an 80-53 victory over Auburn, 10th-year head coach John Calipari moves past Joe B. Hall for the second most victories by a UK head coach in program history. He trails only the Baron of the Bluegrass, Adolph Rupp.

 

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