Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kentucky Wins Without Ulis, Point Guard Questionable for Thursday
Playing its first game of the season without sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis (hyperextended right elbow), No. 1 Kentucky fended off a tough Illinois State team, 75-63, Monday night at Rupp Arena.
After injuring the elbow Friday against South Florida, the 5-foot-9 Ulis sat on the bench and remains questionable for Thursday’s game at UCLA.
“I doubt he practices [Tuesday],” said Kentucky coach John Calipari, whose team improved to 7-0.
“We’re going to travel and practice out in L.A. But, I would tell you, he probably needs to practice the next day, Wednesday, before we play on Thursday to see if he can go. If he can’t go, we’ll go as is. We’ll play with what we have.”
As first reported Sunday by SNY.tv, X-rays on Ulis’ elbow were negative and he’s OK.
Without Ulis, freshman point guard Isaiah Briscoe started at point guard and went for 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 turnovers, while fellow freshman Jamal Murray had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assists and 4 turns.
“Without Tyler, it’s obvious we’re not the same team,” Calipari said. “I mean, unless you were watching another game, we’re not the same team. But it still doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t play hard and guys shouldn’t battle and fight for balls.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.