The Kentucky Wildcats are finally starting to look like the Final Four contender we thought they could be, and that's due in large part to the play of their backcourt.
Some call it the best in college basketball, and it's hard to argue against with how well Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are playing right now. It should also come as no surprise those two took home this week's SEC awards. Ulis was named the SEC Player of the Week, while Murray took home SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Tyler has now won SEC POW three times and Jamal has won SEC FOW three times. UK has won eight SEC weekly honors this season.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 15, 2016
Ulis averaged 20.5 points, 10 assists and 2.5 steals in wins over Georgia and at South Carolina. He started the week with 14 points, eight assists and three steals in a 34-point victory over Georgia, UK’s’ biggest win over the Bulldogs since Jan. 29, 1959.
As for Murray, he averaged 25 points and 3.5 assists in those two wins. Murray opened the week with 24 points against the Bulldogs, a game in which he shot 6-of-10 from three-point range. He followed that performance with a 26-point output on the road at South Carolina in the team’s most complete win of the season.
Ulis was also named ESPN's College Basketball Player of the Week for his two big games last week. It's great to see him finally getting the recognition of being not only one of the best point guards in college, but even one of the best players overall.