0:00: Noel does not get credited for the block even though he may have tipped it but he definitely altered the shot which he has done so well this game.
0:05: Noel stands his ground and draws the charge. There was a similar play like this against Louisville but he was called for the blocking foul instead of the charge but this time he gets the call.
0:11: Like the announcer said, Jones got a great shot but missed over Noel and even though it didn’t go in, it doesn’t take away the bad defense by Noel. He didn’t have any fouls then so that couldn’t be his excuse but either way Noel has to go up.
0:19: Noel wasn’t sure whether he wanted to draw the charge or go for the block so he did something in between which obviously, didn’t work out.
0:27: Noel forces a very high shot which is missed and after Ole Miss getting the offense rebound, Noel goes right back up and swats the ball away.
0:40: Noel grabs the arm of the Ole Miss player and gets called for the easy foul. Noel gets called for a lot of fouls because of his aggressive defense and stupid fouls like that just can’t happen and will get Noel in foul trouble which is what happens in this game.
0:46: Noel gets called for the cheap foul but it was a bad call. Noel uses his incredible length to great hands to knock the ball away and it should have been a turnover.
0:54: Noel plays absolutely perfect defense going up and somehow barely touches the Ole Miss player. It doesn’t seem like much but it is one of my favorite plays from Noel.
1:02: Noel once again finds a man and boxes him out.
1:10: This isn’t really a notable play I just thought it was awesome. Noel is conflicted which man to box out so, he tries to box out both. I really wish the shot was missed just to see what would have happened.
1:16: I give Noel a lot of criticism for not being able to hold onto the ball so to be fair, here is a play where Noel manages to retrieve the loose ball and hold onto it.
1:24: Noel plays prefect defense by not leaving his feet and keeping his hands straight up so he couldn’t be called for the foul.
1:31: Noel finds a man and boxes out and even though he falls down, he still makes sure his man will not get the rebound.
1:37: Noel forces the bad shot and then gets another foul on a bad call by the officials. To my count, 2 of the 4 fouls called against him weren’t actually fouls.
1:51: Noel doesn’t go up or attempt to draw the charge in fear that he will pick up his fifth foul. He does though, go after and get the defensive board.
1:59: You cannot play better defense than Noel did on that play but the Ole Miss player just made an outstanding shot.
2:07: Noel once again fearful he will get called for the fifth foul and stays lets the Ole Miss player drive right at him and score.
2:12: Nerlens Noel gets fouled going for the rebound but it isn’t called and it leads to an Ole miss and-1.
Side Note: after Noel gets called for his 4th foul and starts playing a little more conservative, Ole Miss goes on a 16-0 run which just shows how much of a presence is down low.
2:19: This block begins the start of a blocking parade for Nerlens Noel so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the remarkable defense.
2:28: Noel finds a man and was in great position for the offensive rebound if the shot was missed.
2:33: Now back to the blocking parade. This block was the turning point in the entire game. If the Ole Miss player would have made that dunk over Noel, Noel would be out of the game with his fifth foul and Kentucky’s lead may have been down to only one with Ole Miss having all the momentum. Even with 4 fouls, Noel rises up and meets the player at the rim for the gorgeous block.
2:37: Noel once again stops a crazy dunk from happening getting another block.
2:47: And another block of a dunk.
2:55: And another block to seal the game.
3:01: Noel forces a very high shot since the Ole Miss player was terrified of getting blocked but, who could blame him?
3:10: Noel adds one more block just for fun.