Feb 13, 2013 10:00 PM
True Blue fans are still reeling from the news that Nerlens Noel is out for the rest of the season.
Monday night, midway through the second half of the Florida game, everything changed for Kentucky basketball. Noel returned to Lexington late that night on crutches. Today an MRI confirmed he has a torn ACL.
Thanks to social media and the internet, the news spread fast, and the story has people all over the country, and even the world, talking about the fall that ended Noel's season.
To break it down, let's start local.
On lex18.com, it's been nearly ten hours since we posted confirmation that Noel was out for the season. More than 4,500 people have clicked on the story, easily making it the most read article of the day. And the video? It has 531 views. No other clip posted today comes close.
When we linked the story to our LEX 18 Facebook page, 88 people shared it.
One thousand of you answered our online poll: what you think Nerlens should do next year? By the way, 46 percent of True Blue fans want to see him back in blue and white.
Go to ESPN.com and you'll see the same question posed to a national audience. Seventy-three thousand people from all over the country, even the world, have tuned in to Noel's story and voted.
Over to Twitter: when Sports Center posted Nerlens would be out the rest of the season, more than 6,800 people re-tweeted it. Which sounds like a lot. Then you click on Noel's profile. Since he tweeted about making a "major comeback" seven hours ago, more than 10,000 people re-posted his message.
You can take your pick: ESPN, CNN, Yahoo.... the story is a huge news maker, capturing viewers and readers around the globe.