Two years ago when Tyler Ulis committed to Kentucky, I don't think any of us envisioned the kind of impact he would have on the program. Many of us, including yours truly, thought that he would be a solid four year player for John Calipari, a departure from the uber-talented one and done point guards that he usually brings.
Boy, were we wrong.
As Ulis continues to rack up the awards, it is looking more and more evident that he is going to be a consensus First Team All-American. Yesterday he was named as a Sporting News First Team All-American along with Malcolm Brogden, Buddy Hield, Jakob Poeltl, and Denzel Valentine. Before the season, Kris Dunn and Melo Trimble were the favorite point guards that would garner this award. But as the season progressed, Ulis' numbers and how much he meant to his team couldn't be ignored.
There are four organizations that one has to be recognized as a player to be considered a consensus First Team All-American: The Sporting News (check), the NABC, the USBWA, and the AP. I'm banking that he's going to be consensus.
Tweet(s) of the Day
It's been an incredible week for Tyler Ulis. The latest honor: Sporting News All-America First Team. pic.twitter.com/tNt6gHDzGV— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 9, 2016
What I'm reading. Let's do this!! (P.S. I love reading Chinese.) pic.twitter.com/MaHsaHDR8P— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 9, 2016
Coach Cal is prepping for battle.
Kentucky Wildcats Quickies
John Hale from the Courier-Journal takes a look at five players to watch during spring practice.
The 'Cats are getting ready for a rainy morning workout.
Tyler Ulis went on SportsCenter to talk about all of his awards and his love for the Big Blue Nation.It's likely that we will be watching him play his final games as a Wildcat. Let's hope that he's playing into April.
Not to be outdone by his teammate, Jamal Murray was named a First Team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, and Henry Ellenson join him. Simmons was named Freshman of the Year, but whatever. Hope he has fun in the NIT.
Jamal Murray is one of the best scorers in the country. Now he's a Sporting News Freshman All-American. pic.twitter.com/tG3m8ax6X3— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 9, 2016
Also, very pretty.
Count Mississippi State head basketball coach Ben Howland as someone who thinks that Ulis and Murray make up the best backcourt in the country.
Kentucky and Texas A&M are the top two seeds in the SEC Tournament and are the main contenders for the title.South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Alabama are all playing for their tournament lives. I would say Vandy and South Carolina are in, but a disastrous showing could burst their bubble or really damage their seeding.
This profile about Marcus Lee is fantastic. He is one of the most giving, kind-hearted players in the history of the program.He's easy to root for.
Junior pitcher Megan Prince pitched a near-perfect game as the Wildcats softball team defeated the Hoosiers 3-1. The 'Cats won their home opener and Prince moves to 9-0 on the season.
The Bat 'Cats thumped Murray State yesterday 11-1 at the Cliff. The Wildcats are now 9-3 on the season.
Former Wildcat Danny Trevathan just inked a brand new deal with the Chicago Bears. He will rejoin his former coach from Denver, John Fox. Congrats to the Super Bowl winning linebacker.
Here are the results from the Power 5 Conference Tournaments yesterday:
#19 Duke 92- NC State 89
Pitt 72- Syracuse 71
Washington 91- Stanford 68
Illinois 85- Minnesota 52
Colorado 80- Washington State 56
Kansas State 75- Oklahoma State 71
Georgia Tech 88- Clemson 85
Tennessee 97- Auburn 59
USC 95- UCLA 71
Virgina Tech 96- Florida State 85
TCU 67- Texas Tech 62
Oregon State 75- Arizona State 66
Nebraska 89- Rutgers 72
Power 5 Conference Tournament Games Today:
Michigan vs. Northwestern 12:00 PM
North Carolina vs. Pitt 12:00 PM
Baylor vs. Texas 12:30 PM
Florida vs. Arkansas 1:00 PM
#19 Duke vs. Notre Dame 2:00 PM
#20 Iowa vs. Illinois 2:25 PM
#1 Kansas vs. Kansas State 2:30 PM
#8 Oregon vs. Washington 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee 3:00 PM
#15 Arizona vs. Colorado
Ohio State vs. Penn State 6:30 PM
Ole Miss vs. Alabama (Kentucky plays the winner on Friday) 7:00 PM
#4 Virginia vs. Georgia Tech 7:00 PM
#9 West Virginia vs. TCU 7:00 PM
Wisconsin vs. Nebraska 8:30 PM
#6 Oklahoma vs. #21 Iowa State 9:00 PM
Georgia vs. Mississippi State 9:00 PM
#12 Utah vs. USC 9:00 PM
#11 Miami vs. Virginia Tech 9:00 PM
#24 California vs. Oregon State 11:30 PM
Boeheim sheds tears down his legs during loss to Pitt in ACC tourney https://t.co/nfaOguk9Ig— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 9, 2016
Jim Boeheim may have peed his pant in Syracuse's loss to Pitt.
Jim Boeheim hopes the selection committee will consider the suspension when weighing Syracuse's tournament bid. pic.twitter.com/w0fn9kaFr6— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 9, 2016
In related news, shut up Jim Boeheim.
Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn takes a look at the relationship between a travel company, colleges, and related European recruits. This could be a burgeoning scandal or much ado about nothing. 11 schools are implicated, including....wait for it... Rick Pitino and the Universit of Louisville. Richard Pitino and Rick Pitino disciple Kevin Willard are also involved. You cannot make this stuff up.
RIP to the fifth Beatle George Martin. Rolling Stone explains why he title "fifth Beatle" doesn't give the man his complete due.
Wonder what happened to the Freddie Mercury biopic? Comedian/actor Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame was set to play the legendary rock star. But a dispute with the surviving members of Queen put a stop to it. A shame, Queen is one of my favorite bands and I think Cohen would have been a great Mercury.