By LARRY VAUGHT
KNOXVILLE — What did Tennessee coach Kevin Barnes think of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray?
Ulis was only 3-for-10 from the field, but went 12-for-14 at the foul line and had 20 points and five assists. Murray was just 7-for-20 from the field, including 3-for-12 from 3-point range, but had 21 points and five assists.
“I really have a lot of respect for Tyler Ulis. He turned his ankle pretty good and he stayed in the game and playing through (Jamal) Murray we felt like we had to make them score less on the other end,” Barnes said.
“He’s a very hard player to defend and we said before that Robert (Hubbs) is the guy for when we do have a player that can score all around the rim, he can do it. We did have two things in mind for him to try and get fouled and trying to make Murray have to guard him.”
Ulis was visibly upset several times during the game with teammates, something Calipari understood.
“He was just upset because we kept breaking down, losing plays. (He was saying), ‘Why would you do that? How did you lose him?’ They kind of talked like my son Brad (mumbles),'” Calipari said. “He was fine. We’ve got to have more than that.”