Kentucky's Noel tears ACL, out for season
TribLIVE Sports Videos
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky received the news it dreaded Wednesday when freshman forward Nerlens Noel was declared out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI revealed the injury, and the 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the next two or three weeks.
The projected recovery period is six to eight months.
Noel's injury deals a serious postseason blow for the defending national champions, who had appeared to be gaining some footing after struggling earlier this season while trying to blend in four freshmen.
Leading the way defensively for the Wildcats was Noel, who began Tuesday first in the nation with 4.5 blocks per game.
The rookie took a positive approach to the diagnosis, posting on Twitter: “Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! I love you all and can't thank y'all enough for the prayers.”
Noel was hurt with eight minutes left in the Wildcats' 69-52 loss to the seventh-ranked Gators. He ran into the basket support after blocking a layup from behind. Noel landed awkwardly, dropped to the floor and started screaming while clutching his knee.
Noel had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks before the injury.
“I've been coaching for 22 years, and this is the first injury we've had of this kind during the season, which makes it even more devastating,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a statement.
The question is if Kentucky (17-7, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) can bounce back from the devastating loss.
With Noel out, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein now must man the post for Kentucky after spending most of the season as Noel's backup.
UConn center apologizes after incident
Connecticut center Enosch Wolf appeared in court Wednesday on charges of third-degree burglary, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
University police arrested Wolf just before 6 a.m. Monday after what they called a domestic dispute.
“I'm sorry for what I put the university through, what I put the coaches through, the people of the university, my teammates and my family,” Wolf said after his brief court appearance.
Wolf is not due back in court until March 20, after the basketball season is over. His attorney, Robert Britt, said Wolf continues to live on campus and take classes at the university.
Wolf, who is from Goettingen, Germany, had been a key contributor off the bench for the Huskies, following the transfer of Alex Oriakhi to Missouri in the offseason. He averaged 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games, starting three of them.
Tennessee acknowledges several violations
Tennessee self-reported 10 NCAA secondary violations, including three in men's basketball.
The university's compliance department posted the violations and subsequent punishments on its website Wednesday.
One of the men's basketball violations involved holding open individual skill instruction before a football game.
During that session, recruits making official visits were allowed to attempt shots while coaches were present. The others were inconsistencies in the camp registration process and prohibited grocery shopping services for student-athletes.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lure of tuition aid, gifts draw college students to ‘sugar daddy’ sites
- Crosby, Malkin dazzle fellow All-Stars
- Long-term solution for wastewater disposal eludes shale gas industry
- Starkey: Rinaldo doesn’t belong in NHL
- Woman killed in Washington Township crash
- State’s no-bid contracts with private law firms prompt scrutiny
- Tough times are in past for Pitt senior guard Kiesel
- Pitt women’s basketball team upends Boston College
- HS highlight reel: Softball standouts make commitment to Marist
- Man shot inside his Penn Hills home
- Homeowners urged to use house checkups as maintenance device