While most would assume that the player in question would be defending National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe. However, on Sunday that player was freshman Cason Wallace.
Kentucky held a 37-36 lead at the half against Michigan, but the Cats opened the second half on an 8-1 run. All eight of the points were scored by Wallace, on a pair of three-point baskets and a jump shot. The Cats suddenly found themselves with their largest lead of the game to that point, 45-37.
Michigan, however, would not go away. The Wolverines trailed 49-42 when they assembled an 8-0 run to grab a 50-49 lead with 12:42 to play.
Late in the game, with the Cats holding a tenuous 68-66 lead and needing a basket, it was Wallace who came through again. This time, he connected on his fourth three-pointer (in four tries) of the game, extending the UK lead to 71-66 with 1:11 to play.