Tyler Ulis has proven that he is a top point guard and that he can put up incredible stats from the one spot. But the biggest thing he brings to a game is his leadership. Ulis is the glue of this team and it has been crucial to have him on the floor. Ulis has been on the floor 88 percent of the time this season. He has 954 minutes in 26 games (36.7 minutes per game). Comparing him to other guys, he has played 17 more minutes than Murray. But keep in mind that Ulis played only 14 minutes against USF before injuring his elbow. That injury also forced him to miss the next game against Illinois State. If he had played his normal amount in those two games, Ulis would have been on the floor for roughly 1,012 of the possible 1, 090 minutes Kentucky has played this season.
The longest break Ulis has gotten in February was when he only played 34 minutes in a blowout win against Georgia. His fewest, in a game other than USF, was 29 against Missouri in January. Ulis has played 40 minutes (or 45 in an overtime game) six times this season. Those games include A&M, Kansas, and Duke.
Ulis is grit personified. Putting him in the most difficult games for all 40 minutes against the best teams on the road is what makes him the best point guard in the country. Sure, Kris Dunn might be the biggest prospect. But there are very few players that can carry a team for a full 40 minutes like Tyler Ulis can. There is no one that makes everyone around him better and gets the most out of his teammates.