Kentucky's Blueprint to Make NCAA Tournament After Nerlens Noel's Injury

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Kentucky's Blueprint to Make NCAA Tournament After Nerlens Noel's Injury
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As work trips go, Kentucky's visit to Gainesville on Tuesday was about as bad it gets.

Not only did the Wildcats suffer a 69-52 defeat to SEC rival Florida, but star freshman Nerlens Noel—perhaps the best overall defender in the country—went down with a gruesome-looking left knee injury midway through the second half.

After three weeks of positive momentum, Kentucky (17-7, 8-3) now faces an uncertain future as it awaits word on Noel's health. Assuming Noel misses time, what must Big Blue do to assure itself of a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament bid?

Answers ahead.

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