No. 1 Kentucky suffered a stunning loss to unranked UCLA last night, and nobody seemed more frustrated than sophomore guard Tyler Ulis, who at one point lightly shoved freshman center Skal Labissiere.
Video of the incident was posted to Twitter by local Kentucky television host T.J. Beisner.
It’s easy to understand why Ulis got physical with Labissiere, as the freshman was a non-factor in the game. He finished with just six points and a single rebound. In fact, Labissiere has only averaged 3.9 rebounds per game on the year.
That’s unacceptable for someone 6-foot-11, 225 pounds.
Speaking to both Ulis and coach John Calipari after the game, Jerry Tipton of The Lexington Herald took to Twitter and shed some more light on the situation.
Kentucky should have an easier time next week, when the OVC’s Eastern Kentucky Colonels visit Lexington, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Labissiere needs to step up his game in the paint. The Wildcats had a fine center for years in Willie Cauley-Stein, who was a defensive mastermind, and the team isn’t going to get back to the Final Four with a 6-foot-11 freshman barely able to rebound the ball.
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