Tyler Ulis represents the challenge facing UCLA today against the top-ranked University of Kentucky basketball team in the CBS Sports Classic at Chicago’s United Center.
The Bruins (8-3) barely have a bench, while the Wildcats (11-0) have multiple McDonald’s All-American subs, including the 5-foot-9 Ulis, a second-stringer who slings perfect passes, harasses ball-handlers and buzzes around like a bumblebee in basketball shoes.
He’s a handful, and UCLA can thank the city this game is being played in for that.
“I would not be here if I didn’t move to Chicago,” said Ulis, who was born in Detroit but grew up in Lima, Ohio. “The basketball is just not at the level Chicago is.”