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Monday Quickies: Tyler Ulis Shines Edition

Tyler Ulis continues to prove himself in the NBA, and more in today’s quickies!

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Ulis was a 5’9” point god last night.

The former Wildcat scored 34 points (a career-high), and grabbed nine rebounds and nine assists, falling just short of his first career triple-double. The Phoenix Suns still lost, because no matter how well the Wildcats on their team play they just can’t win.

Despite the loss, Ulis’ play continues to prove that the former Cat is worthy of a starting spot in the NBA despite his short stature.

Tweet of the day

I don’t think he’s too short to play in the NBA.

Your quickies

Poythress throws down jam for first NBA points - KSR
Poythress took advantage of his 10-day contract and got his first NBA points with a strong jam.

John Wall grants 13-year-old’s wish | Kentucky Sports Radio
Niyear was able to hang out with his idol for a day and even got to feel like part of the team. Kudos to Wall for being a great role model and making this young man’s day.

Poythress scores in double figures in NBA debut for Sixers | Lexington Herald-Leader
Former University of Kentucky star Alex Poythress, who had spent all of his first pro season in the NBA Development League, scored 11 points in his NBA debut for the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Women's Final Four - How South Carolina won its first national championship - ESPN
A'ja Wilson had 23 points as coach Dawn Staley and South Carolina captured their first national championship, beating Mississippi State 67-55.

Adrian Peterson to visit with Patriots on Monday -
Adrian Peterson is set to meet with the Patriots on Monday, a source informed of his plans told Ian Rapoport. It's the veteran running back's second free-agent visit of the offseason.

UK’s ‘16 football recruiting class was a lot better than most thought - SEC Country
Kentucky’s 2016 signees produced one of the best running backs in the SEC, a starting quarterback and a whole lot more.

UK baseball edged by Vanderbilt in final game of series - Herald-Leader
Riley Mahan’s two homers weren’t enough, but the Cats still won the series two games to one.

Toth has potential to be NFL starter - 247 Sports
Jon Toth could be rising on draft boards due to his technical and fundamental excellence throughout his career.

Sporting News ranks UK No. 3 in way too early 2017-18 rankings - Sporting News
Sure, Kentucky has a great recruiting class coming in. But they also lost/will lose their best players and some great experienced seniors.

Homestate Wildcats begin autograph tour at Fayette Mall - Herald-Leader
There was a huge audience for Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins’ autograph tour.

South Carolina wins first women’s national title - Bleacher Report
Despite the huge win over UConn, Mississippi State couldn’t go the distance. Instead they gave way to South Carolina, for their first national title.

Westbrook racks up more accolades - ESPN
Russell Westbrook reached the 15,000 point milestone, and also recorded his 40th triple-double of the year. The Thunder still lost to the Hornets, though.

Gronk hits the ring at Wrestlemania - NBC Sports
Rob Gronkowski seemed healthy when he stepped into the ring at Wrestlemania.

Knicks fans are witnessing history: The worst season of all-time - NY Post
Expectations were high for New York this year (at least, among Knick fans). But they have underwhelmed to the highest degree.

People still doubt Joe Maddon, despite World Series win - ESPN
How you could doubt Maddon at this point, I have no idea.

Four reasons Gonzaga will beat North Carolina - FOX Sports
A look at why the mid-major has a shot over the well-established powerhouse North Carolina Tar Heels.

Duke center Marques Bolden may transfer - The Devils Den
Bolden hasn’t quite lived up to expectations and has been hindered by injury.

Pletcher says Always Dreaming remains on track for Kentucky Derby | Lexington Herald-Leader
Always Dreaming came out of his Florida Derby win healthy and will stay put for a couple of weeks before heading to the Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said. Always Dreaming posted the fastest winning time at the Florida Derby — the signature race at Gulfstream Park — since Alydar in 1978.