Tyler Ulis entered the season as the Wildcats’ most important player and arguably the best point guard in the nation. We received a small sample, but he simply hasn’t been the same since injuring his elbow on the day after Thanksgiving against South Florida.
Ulis has continued to create offense with assists, but his shooting has been less than subpar. Before the injury he was shooting 40% from the field and 28.5% from behind the arc. Since the injury he’s 26% from the field and only 16% from three-point land (4/25). Shooting poorly shouldn’t hurt the team too much, unless you’re taking a lot of shots. He has, scoring 10 points a game while averaging 11 attempts.
I don’t think I need to tell you that we need this Tyler Ulis to shake it off and return to his old form. He’s a fighter that must go down swinging today. In last year’s game, he set career-highs in minutes (26) and points (14) while taking ‘bows to the dome. Not only will his scoring be imperative to the Cats’ success, but his defense must keep Louisville’s guards from finding a rhythm. Kentucky needs Tyler’s relentless leadership to overcome the rivalry anxiety, and a few more made buckets would go a loooooong way.
The good news: he’s already off to a good start. Tyler hit the half-court shot at this morning’s shoot around.
– Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 26, 2015