Kentucky walked into Colonial Life Arena and shellacked South Carolina by 27 points in its own building. South Carolina coach Frank Martin noted that the Wildcats are still the class of the SEC.
“They came in here to make a point, that they continue to be the best team in this conference,” Martin said according to The State’s David Cloninger.
The Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 SEC) were without their coach, John Calipari, before the first media timeout. Calipari, who seemed unusually fired up on Saturday, was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in a matter of seconds just a couple of minutes into the game.
Kentucky didn’t need Calipari, however. Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis was the floor general. Ulis dropped career highs with 27 points and 12 assists during Kentucky’s 89-62 thrashing of the Gamecocks (21-4, 8-4 SEC). Martin said Ulis deserves to be in the running for the conference’s player of the year award and explained that Ulis has as unique skillset.
“I don’t think I’ve ever coached against someone so slight in appearance but so strong, so durable and so competitive as Tyler Ulis,” Martin said according to The Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker.
As for South Carolina, Martin said he was confident that his team will rebound from an enormous setback. But that doesn’t make South Carolina’s first loss at home any easier to swallow.
“We got thrown around like little rag dolls,” Martin lamented according to Cloninger.