Kentucky might be without starting point guard Tyler Ulis for a few games because of a hyperextended elbow and he missed his first game of the season when the Wildcats hosted Illinois State. UK struggled for a bit and there were times when it looked like the Wildcats might pull away, but the Redbirds kept coming back.
Fortunately for UK, there are a plethora of guards who can come in and handle the ball. However, none of them run the offense like Ulis does and that’s one of the reasons ISU was able to keep it closer than many expected. Efforts from Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, and Marcus Lee helped alleviate the problem though. Briscoe had a team-high 18 points while Murray had 16 and Lee had a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards off the bench.