UK VS. OTTAWA | Murray, Ulis shine in 117-58 exhibition victory

11/02/2015 09:30 PM

LEXINGTON — Jamal Murray messed around and almost got a triple-double, and Tyler Ulis displayed complete control of the offense as the Kentucky Wildcats ran away with a 117-58 victory over Ottawa University in the first exhibition game of the 2015-16 season on Monday night at Rupp Arena.

Four takeaways and one concern from the game:

1. Jamal Murray Is REALLY Good
The freshman point guard played like a seasoned vet, flying up and down the court and finishing the night with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists — one shy from posting a triple-double.

Murray may be Kentucky’s most dynamic player this season, and with Tyler Ulis spoon feeding him easy looks game after game, don’t be surprised if the Canadian sensation leads the Wildcats in scoring in 2015-16.

2. Tyler Ulis in Complete Control
17 points, 10 assists, zero turnovers, and 4/5 from being the arc.

Could we interest you in those numbers?

Ulis is definitely living up the “best floor general I’ve ever coached” title John Calipari gave him during the offseason.

The Cats pushed the pace the entire game, but never appeared to be out of control — a direct compliment to Tyler’s ability to control the team.

3. Hello There, Derek Willis

As you can see, a broken finger isn’t slowing down the junior forward.

Willis came of the bench to pitch in 10 points and seven rebounds in just 14 minutes of action and could play himself into being a second-unit spark plug for Kentucky this year.

4. Alex Looking More Like Alex
Senior forward Alex Poythress continues to look more and more like his old self with each game he plays.

In his first competitive action against another team since injuring his knee midway through last season, Poythress finished with eight points and six rebounds against Ottawa while shooting a perfect 2/2 behind the three-point line.

His explosiveness is still lacking, and there were times near the rim when he settled for soft putbacks instead of going up strong for dunks, but Poythress is progressively looking more and more like his old self, and the over 20,000 members of Big Blue Nation in attendance on Monday night gave their lone senior a standing ovation when he checked into the game.

Concern to Watch
Kentucky shot 9/18 (50%) from the foul line against Ottawa. It won’t hurt in exhibition games, but poor free throw shooting could come back to haunt the Cats later in the season.

Kentucky Basketball leads Ottawa at the break, 67-35.Jamal Murray is messing around with a triple-double: 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.Here are the first half highlights. #UK #BBN

Posted by Kentucky Sports Television on Monday, November 2, 2015

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