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Kentucky Wildcats' Tyler Ulis named SEC Player of the Week

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis has reeled in the SEC's Player of the Week honor after his big performance in the Wildcats' 75-73 win over Louisville.

Ulis matched his career high with 21 points and knocked down a career-best four 3-pointers in the win over the rival Cardinals. The sophomore point guard also dished out eight assists with only one turnover in 39 minutes of action against Louisville's trademark pressure defense.

Kentucky's floor general was named the Bluegrass Sports Commission's MVP of the "Dream Game" for the second straight season, becoming the first multi-year winner since the award was created in 2010. In two career games against Louisville, Ulis has tallied 35 points, 10 assists and made six of nine 3-point shots.

In Kentucky's two games against Top 25 opponents (Duke and Louisville) Ulis has averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

It was the second SEC Player of the Week award this season for Ulis, who was also named NBC Sports College Basketball Talk's national player of the week.

Mississippi State’s Malik Newman was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. He scored a career-high 20 points against Northern Colorado on 6-of-11 shooting, including a 4-of-8 mark beyond the arc. He also hauled in four rebounds as Mississippi State claimed a 93-69 win in his hometown of Jackson, Miss. 

No. 10 Kentucky (10-2) returns home Saturday for its SEC opener vs. Ole Miss. That game will take place at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena on the SEC Network.

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