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Would it Make Sense to Play Ulis Off the Ball?

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

I should rephrase my initial question. Would it make sense to play Tyler Ulis off the ball from time to time? Obviously Ulis is one of the three best point guards in the country, but would it benefit a player like Isaiah Briscoe and the team to have designed plays or times for Ulis off the ball?

We saw a little of this last year with Andrew Harrison and Tyler playing together. Harrison was the dominant ball handler even though Ulis is thought of as the more ‘traditional’ point guard. Briscoe has a little Harrison in him in the sense that he wants to drive to the rim and is a stronger guard.

The other mindset with this would be trying to help the shooting. Ulis is shooting the ball better right now and this would be a chance to take advantage of that. Briscoe played point guard at Roselle Catholic and is a better passer than people give him credit for. Putting the ball in his hands, letting him drive to hoop and either kick to Ulis or finish could help get both players into the flow of the game.

If I’m crazy, go ahead and tell me.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

20 Comments for Would it Make Sense to Play Ulis Off the Ball?



  1. jim tom
    8:06 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Nooooooooooo !



  2. hweathers
    8:17 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    I believe Calipari is the coach and it’s his team.



  3. dean winchester
    8:23 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Harrison could draw fouls and hit his free throws. I love Briscoe’s toughness and game, but until he shoots.better than 70% at the line that idea wouldn’t work.



    • PoopTooth
      9:19 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

      I agree with you Dean! I don’t necessarily think Bobby is crazy like a few people are commenting… Right now is a great time to teach and develop these kids for the future but more importantly (as a fan) for March. I definitely think there’s some merit to the idea. It would be very beneficial to have two driving and distributing guards come March… especially since our front court is not as physical in post situations as we’ve had in the past. Would Briscoe have more turnovers… sure. Ultimately it comes down to making free throws which i’m sure will start falling soon enough. I’m also confident this is what Cal has in mind with playing both point guards… Briscoe is not a spot up shooter anyways and he’s going to get more and more reps with running the point.



  4. roundballwiz
    8:38 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t quit your day job!



  5. Cincicat
    8:39 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    You’re not crazy. You are a freaking lunatic. No way Briscoe can protect the ball the way Ulis can. He would have 5 or 6 turnovers a game as our primary ball handler. No way we can afford Briscoe and Murray combining for 15 turnovers a game.



  6. Matt Jones
    8:52 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    You are crazy



    • jkmann1
      9:45 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

      Ulis coaches the entire team through whole possessions… really don’t see that being an option at any point in which he is wearing a Kentucky uniform.



  7. ukbigblue1
    8:53 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Are you a Louisville fan?



  8. rainman
    8:59 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    NO!



  9. Msmo
    9:12 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    LOL, you are getting hammered… And properly so. Maybe the best pure point guard in our lifetime shouldn’t play point? How bout we post him up?



  10. Wdkaatfan1
    9:40 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    I understand what you’re trying to say, but I don’t think that would work. Briscoe is a terrible FT shooter. At the end of close games, he cannot handle the ball and get fouled.



  11. lmdxn
    9:45 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Quite possibly the worst idea that has been thought/written in a long, long time.



  12. Rick_S
    10:22 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Yes ive said this a 1000 times..Briscoe should NEVER shoot a 3 pter..Let him play PG some and drive to make a layup or kick back to Ulis or Murray…



  13. Skeps
    11:26 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Make Briscoe the point guard? He can’t shoot 3s or free throws? He wouldn’t be able to drive the ball because they don’t respect his jump shot.



  14. memphis wildcat
    11:59 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Moot question. He already plays off the ball. Murray often brings the ball up and starts the offense with Ulis on the wing.



  15. Bigbluenutz
    12:29 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

    This dude is a moron and must have a hard on for briscoe. He also suggested a few weeks ago that briscoe take the last shot with the game on the line!!



  16. BBNBRIAN
    6:36 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Cal stated earlier in the season that this scenario would most likely never happen since Briscoe is a play finisher, not a play maker…



  17. Donnie Hensley
    11:06 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Free Throws….