Tyler Ulis is one of the few players John Calipari has been able to count on consistently this season, and after UK’s last two losses, Ulis didn’t shy away from calling his fellow teammates out for their poor play. Ulis tried to put the team on his 5’9″ shoulders against Auburn, and afterwards, John Calipari said the sophomore point guard was almost trying to do too much to compensate for the rest of the team’s struggles. This afternoon, John Robic said Ulis has been very competitive this week in practice in an attempt to get the Cats back on track.
“First of all, Tyler just wants to win. He’s doing what it takes to try to win,” Robic said. “There are points and times even in practice that he needs to shoot the ball and passes on the shot because he doesn’t feel he needs to shoot every ball. He’s so competitive and the last couple days, we’ve been scrimmaging — so competitive.”
Does Robic think Tyler’s competitive edge will rub off on the rest of the team?
“I think it will. It did the past couple of days. I’m sure it will today in practice here in a little while. That’s what expect, and that’s what we demand. It’s just taking some time, but I think the competitive edge in everyone is starting to blossom.”