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Tyler Ulis was upset with breakdowns by Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Tyler Ulis. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Tyler Ulis. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

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.”

3 comments

  1. sprink

    Love my Cats, but, yeah, I’m with Tyler. The last 25 minutes of last night’s game was like watching an avalanche. I kept waiting for the Cats to buckle down and get a stop or three, but they couldn’t get it done.

  2. RJ

    Naaah sprink. This teams isn’t hungry yet. Frankly, I don’t know what it’s going to take to turn them around. Maybe watching the sweet 16 from their dorm rooms will do it; or, no one swooping down from the pros to advise them to chose the pro draft after the season might wake them up. What ever it takes I think unless they turn it around soon both of these scenarios are a lead pipe since this season.

  3. Mike

    This team is currently a train wreck and really exposed last night. Now the world knows that to beat UK you pound the middle and get to the FT line at least 80% of the time, hope you make a good % and put our bigs on the bench. The lack of player development this year makes one wonder of Mark Stoops is coaching this team. When you have Lee, Poythress, and Skal as serial foulers what in the world is this coaching staff doing during the week´s practices. I thought Payne was supposed to be a developer of big men. It is very demoralizing to continue to see Lee, Skal, and POY continue their pathetic play. Lee and Skal were definitely overrated and POY just doesn´t care enough about his teammates to put forth the effort during the games. Cal wants to continue to psycho babble these guys and that hasn´t motivated anyone either. This front court is indeed very fradulent and one of the worst to play for us.

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