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Calipari says they have to find a way to get Tyler Ulis more rest

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Despite playing with a cold, Tyler Ulis gave his all in Kentucky’s overtime loss to Kansas, to the point he had to be excused from the postgame press conference to go throw up. Ulis played all 45 minutes against the Jayhawks, and near the end, you could tell he was exhausted. On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, John Calipari said the staff is trying to find a way to get Tyler some rest during some of these games.

“He’s got to — he and I met on it yesterday — I tried to take him out a couple times [vs. Kansas] and he’s begging me to leave him in, so we’ve gotta get a little more of a rotation going and then, who’s in on that rotation? So, we’re working on that right now, trying to come up with a pretty set in stone plan,” Cal said.

“I think Selden played 44 minutes and he made the plays at the end. Tyler’s a little different in that he has the ball in his hands, and there was a point in the game where he was just carrying us. This kid is, with his weight and size, it’s not normal, so what I do want to do is play him every minute he can be out there playing at his pace.”

Calipari said he’s also trying to get Tyler to recognize when to score and when to facilitate.

“It’s how are they playing, which is what he’s gotta recognize. He’s gotta recognize when they’re collapsing, you’re a facilitator. When they’re not collapsing, you’re a scorer,” Calipari said, bringing up the final play of the game, where Tyler lost the ball on a drive to the basket. “With nine seconds to go, they collapsed and Jamal [Murray] was wide open. So if he would have got the ball with four seconds, my guess is he makes that shot.”

We’ll never know for sure, but one thing is for certain: in dogfights like Saturday’s, Ulis has to get at least a few minutes of rest.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 Comments for Calipari says they have to find a way to get Tyler Ulis more rest

  1. fatbrat
    12:18 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

    The answer is not turning over the wheel to Briscoe. Kentucky was at a dead standstill during the Kansas game when he was running the show.

  2. secrick
    12:24 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

    Briscoe played a great game against Kansas, except for free throws, even Self said he was hard to handle . I don’t consider that last play by Tyler a turn over, not in my eyes, the kid played so hard that i’m letting that one go.

    • WildcatScratchFever
      12:41 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

      I know you mean well so this isn’t about anything you said but Ulis is not a kid….he is an absolute MAN

    • secrick
      2:48 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

      You sir are correct.

  3. gright
    12:50 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

    If Hawkins could get healthy I think he could supply some minutes for Tyler to rest.

  4. leon singleton
    12:57 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t worry about the mule just load the wagon.