Monday, February 15, 2016

UK's Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray Sweep SEC Weekly Awards

Kentucky players have swept the SEC weekly award following impressive wins over South Carolina and Florida.

Tyler Ulis, coming off one of the best games of his college career at South Carolina, has been named SEC Player of the Week.

Jamal Murray is the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Here's the release from the league:

SEC Player of the Week - Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore guard from Chicago, Ill., averaged 20.5 points, 10 assists and 2.5 steals in wins over Georgia and at South Carolina. Ulis 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. But that was just the opening act. In a battle of two of the three SEC's first-place teams and against all sorts of adversity, Ulis was simply dominant. After head coach John Calipari was ejected less than three minutes into the game, the assistant coaching staff gave Ulis the reins of the offense, and he answered with arguably the best game of his career and one of the top individual performances in the SEC this season. Ulis notched career highs in both points (27) and assists (12) in leading UK to a 27-point win in a hostile environment. He made 7 of 14 field goals - including three as the shot-clock buzzer sounded - was 4 of 8 from behind the arc, and 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.

SEC Freshman of the Week - Kentucky's Jamal Murray, a 6-foot-4, 207-pound guard from Kitchener, Ontario, averaged 25 points and 3.5 assists in wins over Georgia and at South Carolina. To begin the week, Murray poured in 24 points against the Bulldogs, a game in which he connected on 6 of 10 from 3-point range. Murray followed that performance with a 26-point output on the road at South Carolina in the team's most complete win of the season. Murray teamed up with teammate Tyler Ulis for 53 of the team's 89 points (59.6 percent) in the win. Murray drained four more shots from long range and has now totaled 76 on the season, which ranks in the top 20 nationally. Combined with his record-breaking 35-point performance against Florida on Feb. 6, Murray has scored 85 points over a three-game span, the most for any freshman in school history.

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