Those of us following UK basketball more closely than other fanbases and the occasional writer know that Kentucky does not have a problem at the point guard spot. But the major storyline outside of this fanbase coming out of Louisville was the battle between Tyler Ulis and Andrew Harrison after Ulis clearly outplayed Andrew. But it is incredibly short-sided to argue that Tyler should be starting over Andrew for a few reasons. First, STARTERS DON’T MATTER ON THIS TEAM. The 2 platoons have been equally successful. Overall, is there more talent on the first platoon? Maybe. But the overall production of the 2 platoons has not been different, thus it really doesn’t matter which point guard plays on which platoon.
Secondly though is that despite the fact that Tyler outplayed Andrew on Saturday, throughout the season, the 2 guys have both played at a high level. It is true that the one area where Tyler clearly has an advantage is assist/turnover ratio as Andrew is certainly more turnover prone. But that is more about playing style than anything. Andrew is going to drive the hoop more often, which naturally leads to more turnovers.
Take a look at the plus minus for each guy per game this season. Those in green are games in which Ulis had a better plus minus.
Grand Canyon: Ulis +25, Harrison +22
Buffalo: Ulis +20, Harrison -1
Kansas: Ulis +15, Harrison +11
Boston U.: Harrison +30, Ulis +5
Montana St: Ulis +50, Harrison +10
UT-Arlington: Harrison +29, Ulis +18
Providence: Harrison +15, Ulis +5
Texas: Ulis +6, Harrison +5
Eastern Kentucky: Harrison +17 (Ulis didn’t play)
Columbia: Harrison +10 (Ulis didn’t play)
North Carolina: Ulis +10, Harrison +6
UCLA: Harrison +28, Ulis +21
Louisville: Ulis +16, Harrison -9
TOTAL: Ulis +191, Harrison +171
All total, Ulis had a better plus minus in 7 games, Harrison in 3 games and then Tyler didn’t play in 2 games. That is not domination in my opinion. And the overall plus minus is Tyler +20. Take away the Louisville game, Andrew’s worst, and Andrew actually has a better plus minus this year. Now, I will admit that Ulis’ would be better if he had gotten to play against EKU and Columbia, but the overall point still stands. The gap between the 2 guys is not wide.
And again, ON THIS TEAM IT DOES NOT MATTER. Let’s say that Ulis is better, which I honestly think he is. What is the point with him being on the 1st platoon when he’s practiced with the other group of guys all season? Why make 2 fairly equal point guards begin playing with a new group of guys in the middle of the season? It makes no sense. STARTERS DON’T MATTER.