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Jan. 20 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 20:

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel helped lead the Wildcats to two wins in league play this week with an average of 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game. He has reached double-figure scoring every SEC game this season and has pulled down at least seven rebounds in all four contests. Noel has notched six or more rebounds in every game this season. He's swatted three or more opponent attempts in five-straight outings and has six or more in the last three games - including reaching a career-high seven in a win at Auburn. Noel is the only player standing 6-5 or taller that ranks in the top-30 in blocks, steals and rebounds in the nation. He moved into fifth all-time in UK freshman record books with 69 blocks on the season and is one shy of cracking the single-season top-10 in school history. His 44 steals ranks seventh highest total in a single-season in first-year player records at UK.

Men's basketball: Kyle Wiltjer

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led the Wildcats to a pair of SEC victories this week scoring 17 points in each victory. The 17 points are a career-high within league competition and he had never scored in double-figures in consecutive SEC games in his career until this week. He has made at least one 3-point attempt in all but three games this season and has knocked down multi 3s on eight occasions. His five assists in a dominating win over Auburn matched a career-high. His .522 field goal clip ranked as the highest on the team this week for players with more than 20 field goal attempts. 

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