His team now: Tyler Ulis returns as sophomore leader

Tyler Ulis - photo by Walter Cornett
Tyler Ulis - photo by Walter Cornett
Tyler Ulis – photo by Walter Cornett

Tyler Ulis sat in his locker at Lucas Oil Stadium with his head down and a white towel draped over his head and shoulders. The historic season was over.

It was the first loss of the 5-foot-9 point guard’s collegiate career, and you could understand if he wanted to crawl as deep into that locker as he could. It wasn’t just that Kentucky, 38-0 at the time, had lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four. The loss was bad enough. But Ulis knew something else was going to happen too: many of his friends, teammates and brothers were about to go pro. This team would never be together again.

“It really means nothing,” Ulis said at the time in regards to the Cats’ historic record. “We lost today. Fell short. Our goal wasn’t to go 40-1. We could have been 38-2, 39-1 and won the national title and I’d feel a lot better.”

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