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Tyler Ulis & Jamal Murray named finalists for Oscar Robertson, Wayman Tisdale awards

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray make up the best backcourt in the country, and today, they were both named finalists for some major end-of-season awards. Ulis is one of eleven finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded annually to the USBWA’s pick for National Player of the Year, while Murray is one of five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, presented annually to the nation’s top freshman.

During conference play, Ulis and Murray are averaging a combined 41.1 points. Ulis is averaging 16.6 points, an SEC-best 7.0 assists (ninth nationally) and has a league-best 3.7 assist-to-turnover ratio (seventh nationally). He is one of just four players nationally averaging those numbers, the only underclassman and the only player in the SEC. Meanwhile, Murray is averaging 19.9 points, which is on pace to shatter the John Calipari-era scoring mark of 17.3 points per game set by Brandon Knight during the 2010-11 season.

Both awards will be presented at the College Basketball Awards gala in Oklahoma City on April 11.

Oscar Robertson Trophy Finalists
  • Grayson Allen, Duke
  • Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
  • Kris Dunn, Providence
  • Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
  • Brice Johnson, North Carolina
  • Georges Niang, Iowa State
  • Jakob Poeltl, Utah
  • Ben Simmons, LSU
  • Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
  • Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
  • Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Wayman Tisdale Finalists
  • Jaylen Brown, California
  • Henry Ellenson, Marquette
  • Brandon Ingram, Duke
  • Jamal Murray, Kentucky
  • Ben Simmons, LSU

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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