On a poor shooting night from just about every spot on the court, Kentucky eventually overpowered Illinois State for a double-digit victory.
The Cats missed from three (14%), from the free throw line (63%), and just about every spot in-between. They eventually found a spark by turning their misses into points. Marcus Lee had 6 offensive rebounds that helped him get to another double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds).
Isaiah Briscoe did enough in Tyler Ulis’ absence, but it wasn’t the effortless leadership we’re used to seeing from Tyler. Briscoe began the game with three consecutive turnovers, but he fought through adversity, finishing with a team-high 18 points on 53% shooting, 7 rebounds and 3 assists before fouling out.
It wasn’t pretty, but Tyler Ulis won’t always be there. It’s better they learn how to win without him now, than later.