The Kentucky Wildcats and star point guard Tyler Ulis are picking up some well-deserved honors for their efforts during Saturday's win over the Louisville Cardinals.
Ulis has been named this week's SEC Player of the Week after leading the Wildcats past the Cardinals with a 75-73 victory. Ulis matched a career high with 21 points on a career-best four three-pointers made. He also dished out a game-high eight assists and was named the Bluegrass Sports Commission MVP of the game.
Ulis was also named the national player of the week by Rob Dauster of NBC Sports' College Basketball Talk for what was arguably his best game this season after an elbow injury led to a slow start for him this season.
But perhaps the most important part of Ulis’ Saturday was that he actually knocked down some jumpers. Since he had hyper-extended his elbow earlier this month, he’s been mired in a pretty nasty shooting slump, hitting just 12-for-45 from the floor (26.7 percent) and 6-for-25 from three (24.0 percent) in the last four games. On Saturday, he shot 7-for-12 and hit four threes, including a pair of bombs in the second half that came late in a shot clock and when Louisville had some momentum.
When he’s playing like this, he’s the best pure point guard in the country.
Here's a video of Ulis' big game that helped UK secure a much-needed bounceback win:
Adding to the honors, ESPN's Andy Katz named Kentucky his team of the week for their win over Louisville.
Katz even gave a nice shoutout to Dominque Hawkins for his heroic performance after riding the bench for much of his first three years in Lexington.