He had the ball, his team down six. There was a 1:37 left. Everyone in the building knew he was…
The Rebels had gotten to 17-2 and 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play by being better than the teams they played and by making things happen at the end of games. Against Kentucky, the Rebels met an improving and talented Wildcat team now 14-6 and 5-2 and playing better. They didn't need the Wildcats to play what could arguably be their best game of the season. But they did. And the rave reviews for 6-foot-10 freshman Nerlens Noel after the game were warranted. "Best shot blocker I've ever played against," said Rebel senior Murphy Holloway after Nerlens blocked 12 Ole Miss shots. "He was the difference in the game. I think we all would agree with that," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. But worse still was the fact that the Rebels find themselves thinner in the frontcourt than they could have imagined at the...
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