On Wednesday afternoon, the results of the magnetic resonance imaging test on the left knee of Kentucky center Nerlens Noel came back, and the news was not good.
The night before, Noel was carried off the court after landing awkwardly following a block attempt. The test confirmed that Noel had severed his anterior cruciate ligament.
Noel, a 6-foot-10 freshman, was projected by many N.B.A. draft analysts as this year’s No. 1 overall selection. That status is much less clear after the injury.
And that has led some to take a critical look at the N.C.A.A.’s policy toward athletes who seek insurance against serious injuries, especially those players who are projected to be high selections in professional drafts.