Life Without Noel: Kentucky Falling Fastest of Middle 20 After Tennessee Rout

After Nerlen Noel's season-ending injury, Breitbart Sports dropped Kentucky into the Middle 20 - teams fighting for the final 10 bids to the NCAA tournament. After Trae Golden torched the Wildcats Saturday for 24 points and eight assists for an 88-58 Tennesse victory, the Wildcats may have trouble making the tournament without Noel. Temple, Indiana State and Arizona State have also hurt their chances since the ratings came out Wednesday, while Villanova and California are getting closer to a bid.

Tennessee's win was the most lopsided win in the 216-game history of this series. Jordan McRae scored 15 points and Kenny Hall had 12 points to get Tennessee to .500 in the SEC (14-10, 6-6). Jarnell Stokes needed just one more rebound and one more point to make it seven straight double-doubles in the win.  

Middle Moving Team Conf Wednesday/Thursday games since ranking
1 Up Oregon P12 Wed. won at #82 Washington, Sat at Washington State 7 pm
2   St. Louis A10 Sat play Charlotte 7 p.m.
3   La Salle A10 Wed. won 69-66 in OT at #111 St. Bonaventure, Sat won vs. St. Joe's 76-64
4 Up Baylor B12 Wed. won 80-60 vs #94 WVU, at K-State 7 pm
5 Down Kentucky SEC Sat lost at Tennessee 58-88
6   Mississippi SEC Wed. lost 67-69 at #96 Texas A&M, Sat vs. Georgia 8 pm
7   Iowa St. B12 Wed. lost 86-89 at #95 Texas, won vs. TCU 87-53 Sat
8   Stanford P12 Thur. lost at #40 USC 64-65, Sat vs. UCLA 4 pm
9 Down Temple A10 Thur. LOST 83-84 vs. #233 Duquesne, at Mass 6 p.m. Sat
10 Down Indiana St. MVC Sat lost at Bradley 68-78
11   Boise St. MWC Sat at New Mexico 9 pm
12   Brigham Young WCC Sat 9 pm vs. Portland
13   Southern Mississippi CUSA Wed. won 71-60 vs. #143 Tulane, at ECU 5 pm
14   Massachusetts A10 Thur. lost 68-86 at #22 VCU, play Temple Sat 6pm
15   St. John's BE Wed. lost 58-72 at Louisville
16   Virginia ACC Sat lost at UNC 81-93
17   Maryland ACC Sat vs Duke 6 pm
18 Up Villanova BE Sat won at Uconn 70-61
19 Down Arizona St. P12 Wed. lost at 136 Utah, 55-60. Sat at Colorado 9 pm
20 Up California P12 Thur. won 76-63 vs. #52 UCLA

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