Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray combined for 44 of UK’s 67 points tonight, and in the postgame press conference, didn’t hesitate to voice their criticism over their teammates’ soft play.
“Guys came out and didn’t really want to play and didn’t play that hard and basically it seemed like they didn’t really want it,” Ulis said. “I feel like we came out, I don’t know what it was, a little scared it seemed.”
“It was just frustrating knowing we’re so much better,” Jamal Murray said. Murray scored 17 second half points in a failed comeback attempt. “It’s just frustrating as a leader.”
On his postgame radio show, John Calipari said his players at the four and five positions “got killed,” a major wake-up call that could provide an opportunity for Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard to get more minutes.
“Got absolutely murdered,” Cal said of Marcus Lee, Skal Labissiere, Alex Poythress, and Derek Willis. “They gave us nothing.”
Cal also said that a few of his guards — I’m guessing Ulis and Murray — were so disappointed in their teammates that they called them out in the locker room afterwards.
“I was happy that a couple of the guards said something after the game,” Cal said. “It’s better not coming from me.”
After two great games, Ulis said he was genuinely surprised by his teammates’ regression.
“It surprised me. I thought we made such great strides. We took ten steps back in this game.”