Noel injures knee in loss to Gators

Kentucky star helped off the court after awkward landing

The Associated PressFebruary 13, 2013 


Kentucky's Nerlens Noel (3) reacts after injuring his left knee on a play against Florida in the second half at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Florida defeated Kentucky, 69-52. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)


  • Men’s Top 25 Fared No. 4. Michigan (21-4) lost to No. 8 Michigan State (21-4) 75-52

— Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, the nation’s leading shot-blocker, left Tuesday night’s game at No. 7 Florida with a knee injury.

Noel, a forward who averages 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game, landed awkwardly on his left knee with about 8 minutes to play. He screamed in pain as trainers rushed to his side. Teammates eventually carried him to the locker room for tests.

Losing Noel for any period of time, let alone the rest of the season, would be a huge blow for a young team that had started to gel in recent weeks.

Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, and Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season to help Florida win the game, 69-52.

The Gators (20-3, 10-1 SEC) snapped a five-game losing streak in the series, and coach Billy Donovan improved to 2-7 against Kentucky’s John Calipari.

The Wildcats (17-7, 8-3) lost for the first time in six games.

Noel had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks before getting hurt.



At Charlottesville, Va., Joe Harris scored a career-high 26 points, and Virginia (18-6, 8-3) held national scoring leader Erick Green without a field goal into the second half and swept the season series.

Green, who came in averaging 25.3 points, missed his first nine field goal tries and had one point at halftime as the Hokies (11-13, 2-9) lost their seventh in a row. He finished with 22 points.


At Athens, Ga., Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minutes as Alabama ended Georgia’s five-game winning streak.

The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-3) won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Georgia (12-12, 6-5) went more than 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half.

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