Even the best players have off nights. Last night, Tyler Ulis was not himself, finishing with 12 points off 5-20 shooting, including an 0-7 mark from three-point land. He even missed two free throws, unheard of for Ulis, an 85% free throw shooter.
“These kids are not machines, they’re not computers, and Vanderbilt played a great game and fought like heck to win,” John Calipari said afterwards. “And when it got rough, they outfought us. That’s what this came down to. And it would have been nice for Tyler to make two or three shots. Maybe it would have been a different game.”
Ulis played 39 of 40 minutes, and when asked if fatigue was a factor for Tyler down the stretch, Calipari said he’s been trying to get him to dial down the intensity in practice, but Tyler refused.
“I went in to talk to the guys about practice. I was trying to back him off of practice. He said, ‘Don’t do that,’ because I did it for a couple days. He said, ‘It’ll screw me up. Let’s go up and down.’ In this game, I could have subbed him at some different points, but we could never get a gap and I didn’t feel comfortable with who I had in the game, so I was just trying to get out of there.”
“He had a bad shooting night,” Cal said. “He’s had bad shooting nights, just not that bad.”