X-rays negative for Kentucky's Noel

Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel will have an MRI exam Wednesday for his injured left knee, but x-rays taken Tuesday night were negative.

Noel was hurt during the second half of Tuesday's game at Florida and had x- rays at a Gainesville hospital. The school said Wednesday morning there were no fractures and he flew back to Lexington with the team.

The freshman standout was hurt with just over eight minutes remaining in the 69-52 loss when he landed awkwardly after chasing down Florida's Mike Rosario and blocking a shot from behind. He remained on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court by teammates.

Noel entered Tuesday's game leading the nation in blocked shots with 4.5 per contest while averaging 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 23 games. He had eight points, six boards and three blocks before departing Tuesday.