Tonight’s game will be a homecoming game for Tyler Ulis and Charles Matthews, Kentucky’s two players from the Windy City.
For Ulis, it is his second time returning home. Last season, he played 18 minutes in Kentucky’s rout of UCLA in Chicago’s United Center, with a complete game of seven points, six assists and a career-high seven rebounds.
This year he heads back as the leader of the team, but Cal doesn’t expect him to struggle, as most guys do in homecoming games.
“I think Tyler will be fine,” said Cal, yesterday. “Tyler is a different cat. He has a different way of doing things.”
“I’m anxious for him to get home and let him see family, and Charles the same thing. It’s neat for those kids to be able to get home and play in this environment.”
While Ulis plays his second United Center game, it will be Matthews’ Chicago debut as a Wildcat. He admitted to bugging his teammates for extra tickets, but isn’t having much luck because it is such a huge game.
“Going back home and playing in front of your hometown and home city, that’s a great accomplishment, being able to play in the United Center, so I’m happy for that.”