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“What ifs” for other guards if Tyler doesn’t play tomorrow

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

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After injuring his right elbow against South Florida on Friday, there is the possibility that Tyler Ulis could potentially be sidelined tomorrow against Illinois State. Lucky for us, even if our floor general is out, we have a bench full of guards to take his place.

Today, CoachCal.com discussed the opportunities for other guards that exist if Ulis is unable to play tomorrow.

On Briscoe and Jamal:

“Against USF, Briscoe had a strong stat line of six points, a season-high seven assists and six rebounds, but Coach Cal didn’t like his shot selection (3 for 9) and how he seemed to avoid contact (took just one free throw). Murray led the Cats in scoring with a season-high 21 points, but Calipari wants him to get to the foul line more, where he’s an 88.2 percent shooter.”

“So it’s not that I’m worried about Isaiah and Jamal and how they’ll play – Dom(inique Hawkins) – it’s not that. It’s that we’re playing a team that plays a little different, that Tyler would have no problem with, but these guys may.”

On Dominique Hawkins:

“Hawkins is another player who could see an uptick in minutes Monday if Ulis were to sit out. Against South Florida, the junior guard logged nine minutes, hit one of his two 3-point attempts, dished out an assist, had a steal and took a charge. Afterward, Calipari said he liked what he saw from the Richmond, Ky., native, adding that Hawkins may be that elusive “rotational guy” he’s been looking for all season.”

Hey Tyler, the offer for my elbow is still there if you want it. You need it more than I do.

Article written by Haley Simpson

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