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By now you’ve probably seen the video from last night: Nerlens Noel, a.k.a. the reason Kentucky had any hope of making a long NCAA Tournament run, crashing into the basket support and immediately falling to the floor in immense pain, eventually being helped off by teammates. Immediately in the wake of the injury, even before the severity was known, everyone was sad. Now that the severity is known – Noel is out for the season – everyone’s even sadder. After the jump, we do our best to explain why.
No. 25 Kentucky was dealt a swift blow Tuesday night, and it wasn’t just their 69-52 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Florida. Star freshman Nerlens Noel went down, way down, with an ugly leg injury. Watch what made John Calipari “physically sick.”
This is why John Calipari doesn’t want you playing pickup basketball, Nerlens Noel. Because when you go up for two-handed dunks, lose your balance, and hit the deck on the hard concrete, Kentucky’s title hopes briefly hit the deck with you. Video of Noel’s scary fall, after the jump.
Meet Nerlens Noel, the number one high school prospect in the country. Tonight Nerlens, along with other top recruits, decided on a place to play basketball next season. Let’s give it up for the most creative, and unnecessary, way to commit to a school — shaving the team’s logo into the back of your head. Get to know this guy after the jump.
Sure, University of Kentucky basketball fans are ecstatic right now, but don’t mistake that happiness for satisfaction. They’re already focused on the future – and they’ll do anything to make that future successful for UK basketball. Anything.