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Kentucky Wildcats' Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray claim SEC weekly honors

After spectacular performances in wins over Georgia and South Carolina, Kentucky's backcourt has swept the SEC weekly honors.

Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis was named SEC Player of the Week while shooting guard Jamal Murray claimed his third SEC Freshman of the Week accolade of the year. Ulis was also tabbed as ESPN's National Player of the Week, the first time a UK player has earned that award since James Young on Dec. 30, 2013.

Since conference play began in January, no tandem has accounted for more of its team's scoring. On Saturday, they scored 53 of UK's 89 points in the victory at South Carolina.

Ulis averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game last week in helping the Cats move into a tie atop the SEC standings. He had a career-high 27 points and 12 assists against the Gamecocks.

The Chicago product is now averaging 6.7 assists per game, on track to break the UK single-season assists mark set by John Wall in 2009-10. He is also the first player in school history to have two career games of at least 20 points and at least 10 assists.

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Murray, meanwhile, averaged 25.0 points and knocked down 10 3-pointers for the Cats last week. His 85 points scored over the last three games are the most by any freshman in program history.

The Ontario, Canada, native leads the SEC in 3-pointers made (76) and  is on pace to be the highest-scoring player (18.8 ppg) in the John Calipari era at UK.

Kentucky, which moved up to No. 14 in both polls today, returns to the court on Thursday at Rupp Arena. UK welcomes Tennessee for a 7 p.m. ET tipoff, which will air live on ESPN. 


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