Kentucky’s convincing win over Duke last night caught the eye of just about everyone with the slightest interest in college basketball. Today, this year’s Cats are the biggest story in college basketball around the interweb.
Here are some of the hot takes from the so-called experts:
Skip Bayless, ESPN First Take
Is it possible 5-foot, 9-inch Tyler Ulis of Kentucky will make a run at college basketball's Player of the Year?
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 18, 2015
Chad Ford, ESPN NBA Insider
NBA scout: "UK's backcourt may have the best two players in the country in it. I'm dead serious." Murray & Ulis earning that praise tonight
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) November 18, 2015
Myron Medcalf, ESPN College Basketball
That smirk accompanied an announcement to the college basketball universe that John Calipari might have built another Wildcats juggernaut that’s equipped for another Final Four run following last year’s 38-1 campaign. [ESPN]
Jeff Goodman, ESPN College Basketball
Gimme Tyler Ulis as my point guard any day of the week. Tough kid, makes people better, defends, makes shots, leads, controlling game.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 18, 2015
Jon Rothstein, CBSSports.com College Basketball
Having Tyler Ulis as your point guard is like investing in a ROTH IRA that's FDIC-Insured. Safe, secure, and super reliable. #BBN
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 18, 2015
Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com College Basketball
Yes, Kentucky lost its top seven scorers from last season early to the NBA Draft, and that’ll probably show up at some point, especially in the frontcourt and, more specifically, on the defensive end of the court. But the Wildcats are still really, really talented and good.
They probably won’t start 38-0 again.
But they could easily be playing on the final weekend again. [CBSSports.com]
Rob Dauster, NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk
Tyler Ulis isn’t the most talented player on Kentucky, but he is the best — and most valuable – player on Kentucky’s team. He may just be the best point guard in the country. [NBCSports.com]
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
Oh, sure, Kentucky won 38 in a row last season, and it reached the Final Four in both 2014 and 2015. But remember the player to whom Calipari handed the ball before each of those games, hoping more than trusting his faith would be rewarded.
In Andrew Harrison’s place now are three point guards Calipari can believe in. [TSN]
University of Louisville Yahoo! Sports
Ulis was Calipari’s best point guard last year, but he clung to sophomore Andrew Harrison as his primary point — clung to him so stubbornly that it helped get Kentucky beaten in the Final Four against Wisconsin, when Harrison and twin Aaron seized up down the stretch. This year, with the Harrisons gone, the 5-foot-9 Ulis has the job to himself. And he is ready to star, as his 18-point, six-assist, four-rebound, zero-turnover stat line showed. [Yahoo!]