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  1. Questions still need answering, but Kentucky takes a step in the right direction in win over UNC-Asheville

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals - Vanderbilt v Kentucky

    Kentucky isn’t there yet. They looked sloppy and careless at times and are still learning how to play with each other, but it was evident in the Wildcats’ 89-57 victory over UNC-Asheville that John Calipari has a special group on his hands. Kentucky didn’t need to beat the Bulldogs by 32 points in order for…

  2. Cornell’s First Team All-Ivy forward Shonn Miller sidelined with shoulder injury

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Shonn Miller missed the final four games of the 2012-13 season with a shoulder injury. Despite having the summer months to get healthy, the same shoulder continues to nag Miller, and there’s a strong chance he will miss the entire 2013-14 season. From Cornell’s preseason prospectus which was released last week: “…[R]eturning first-team All-Ivy League…

  3. Invitations extended to the NBA Draft’s “Green Room”

    Jun 23, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    As reported by ESPN’s Chad Ford, the NBA has extended invitations to the “green room” for draft night this coming Thursday, June 27th. This room is designated for players who are projected to be selected in the top half of the first round — “the lottery.” Those invited are Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter (Georgetown);…

  4. Last-minute father’s day gift? How about a call from a title-winner?

    Jun 15, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino, Quentin Ghelardini

    Father’s day is one of the most legendary goof-off holidays in human history. Does dad want a tie? No, but he’s getting one anyway. And the old man is so cool, he’ll smile fondly anyway. Unless… Unless dad happens to be a big college hoops fan, in which case you can throw a surprise curveball…

  5. Can Nerlens Noel still be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft? (VIDEO)

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk takes an early look at the 2013 NBA Draft, including whether Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has a chance to be selected No. 1 overall despite tearing his ACL earlier this season: Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  6. VIDEO: Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel injures knee vs. Florida

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    The nation’s leading shot blocker, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, left Tuesday’s 69-52 loss to No. 7 Florida with what appeared to be a knee injury and had to be carried to the locker room by teammates and team personnel. With 8:03 to play in the second half and his team trailing by 12 points, 57-45,…

  7. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett leads CBT’s Freshman of the Year rankings

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    A hearty welcome to those of you just now joining the rest of us in following college basketball now that football season has ended. We’ll be running a series of posts to get all you football fans caught up on the season at-large. To read through them all, click here. There have been a number of…

  8. Nerlens Noel’s double-double helps Kentucky outlast Texas A&M in overtime

    Feb 2, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Blowing a nine-point halftime lead, letting a team creep back and force overtime, turning the ball over 18 times. It likely wasn’t exactly what Kentucky coach John Calipari wanted from his team Saturday against Texas A&M, but the Wildcats fought to stay in control and closed the door in the extra period, winning, 72-68, at…

  9. Kevin Stallings unhappy with reviewable plays after Kentucky loss

    Jan 11, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Stallings

    Thursday night saw another instance of what appears to be a blown call late in a close game. This happened with under 20 seconds in a one-possession game between Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Kentucky freshman, Nerlens Noel collected a loose ball and floated a shot in the middle of the lane. With Noel’s hand still on…

  10. Calipari denies knowing about the free throw switch

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky Louisville Basketball

    Last Saturday, Kentucky fell to Louisville on the road 80-77. Following the Wildcats loss, it was discovered that Kentucky got a little creative at the free throw line. Towards the end of the first half, Nerlens Noel got fouled by Russ Smith, trailing 35-27. However, Noel, a 52 percent free throw shooter on the year…

  11. Nerlens Noel posts double-double in Kentucky’s exhibition win over Northwood [Video]

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel Kentucky

    All eyes will be on Kentucky as the 2012-13 season begins, and Thursday night the defending national champions saw their first live-game action in a 93-61 exhibition win over Northwood at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The No. 1 overall prospect from the Class of 2012, big man Nerlens Noel, posted a double-double of 17 points,…

  12. Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel reportedly cleared by NCAA to practice and play in games

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has been cleared by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Wildcats to start the 2012-13 season, John Calipari first told ESPN and other outlets have now confirmed. Noel, considered by many to be the top recruit from the high school class of 2012, had been the subject…

  13. Nerlens Noel gets dunked on by Willie Cauley-Stein at Kentucky Midnight Madness

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT


    Kentucky is always the place to be when it comes to Midnight Madness, especially Friday night as Big Blue Nation raised another banner inside Rupp Arena. During the scrimmage, one of John Calipari’s freshmen big men threw down a highlight-worthy dunk. But, it’s not the freshman center you’re probably thinking of, however he was on…

  14. John Calipari says Nerlens Noel and Anthony Davis are ‘totally different’

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT


    No. 1 overall pick, Team USA member, and former Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis might, on the surface, appear to have some similarities to incoming UK freshman Nerlens Noel, but don’t tell that John Calipari. “He shouldn’t be compared,” Calipari told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “They’re totally different. They’re not even the same. Nerlens is going to…

  15. “Who pushed Nerlens?” Coach Cal is on the case.

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's team coach John Cal

    Camping out for tickets to big matchups is nothing new. We’ve seen Krzyzewskiville and similar tent cities crop up for league games and big non-conference matchups across the nation. So far, fans in Lexington are the first I’ve heard of lining up to get tickets to a Midnight Madness event. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader,…

  16. John Calipari ‘comfortable’ with Nerlens Noel’s NCAA situation

    Sep 8, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Priority No. 1 for Kentucky was securing Nerlens Noel’s commitment. Done. Priority No. 2 was getting him academically cleared. Also done. Priority No. 3 is what Kentucky is working through now, trying to make sure Noel’s amateur status is intact and that he’ll be able to play this season for the Wildcats. As the NCAA…

  17. Report: Kentucky commit Nerlens Noel is academically on track

    Jul 21, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT


    Big-time programs are going through this every season at this point. Kansas just found out that freshman Milton Doyle will be eligible to play this season, which was a great relief following a 2011 eligibility decision that cost the team much of its depth. Kentucky has dealt with the NCAA’s harsh spotlight as well in…

  18. It looks like Nerlens Noel understands John Calipari’s vision at Kentucky

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT


    If there’s one thing we ought to credit Nerlens Noel with at this, the earliest point of his Kentucky career, it’s that he knows what he is walking into with the Wildcats. He’ll be the centerpiece of Volume IV of John Calipari’s experiment in youth, and, along with that, he recognizes the types of questions…

  19. Like Mike? Not if you’re Duke commit Rasheed Sulaimon

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    Rasheed Sulaimon

    At this year’s Jordan Classic — which is, after all, named for His Airness — a group of prospects decided to sing the commercial jingle “Like Mike” in honor of the greatest basketball player of all time. Everyone, from Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) to Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), took a turn slaying eardrums. One recruit, in particular,…

  20. Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad to announce college decisions Wednesday night

    Apr 11, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad, Tyler Lewis

    Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel are the two biggest unsigned names high school basketball’s 2012 class and, Wednesday night at 7:30, the world will know which college programs will gain their respective signatures. takes a look at which destination looks most promising for each player, with each player set to be the centerpiece of…

  21. Could Nerlens Noel step right in and fill Anthony Davis’ shoes at Kentucky?

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Photo credit: Kentucky.straightpinkie

    We thought we saw a once-in-a-decade season from Anthony Davis this year with Kentucky, but here’s a scary thought: we could see a performance equally (if not more dominating) next season from Nerlens Noel. Noel is the much-talked-about 6-10, 215-pound center from Everett, Mass., who is set to make his college decision on April 11,…

  22. Kentucky investing in $2.9 million locker room upgrade at Rupp Arena

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

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    They call it the “recruiting arms race,” and not without good reason. Kentucky, pushing toward a national title and waiting for a rematch with No. 4 Indiana on Friday, is cutting a check Cold War-style, upgrading the team’s locker room and training facility for $2.9 million, reports the Sporting News. Among other things, the move…

  23. With all the Nerlens Noel news, don’t forget about Shabazz Muhammad

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT


    Shabazz Muhammad was primed to be the biggest story of the spring signing period but, while being courted by some of the nation’s top programs, got the carpet of attention swept out from under him. Now enters the long, lanky, 6-10 Nerlens Noel, reclassifying from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2012, nabbing…

  24. Nerlens Noel, the ‘recruiting underbelly,’ and a player strike

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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    There’s a certain something that rings true in the headline of the New York Times profile of the situation surrounding the nation’s best high school player: “Everybody Wants a Piece of Nerlens Noel.” The 4,500-word piece details Noel’s recruitment and the networks of former players, coaches, and advisers trying to surround him as he ascends…