The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) named Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis the winner of its Most Valuable Player award of the men’s basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville on Dec. 27. Ulis also took home the award last year and becomes the first two-time recipient of the award since its inception in 2010.
No. 11/12 Kentucky moved its record to a 10-2 with the 75-73 win over No. 16/15 Louisville who falls to 11-2 on the year.
A native of Chicago, Ulis finished with a career-high 21 points and added a game-high eight assists in the two-point win. The 5-9 sophomore added one rebound, one steal and one block in the game. He also committed just one turnover in 39 minutes of play.
“The Bluegrass Sports Commission congratulates Tyler and the Kentucky Wildcats on their win,” said BSC President Brian Miller. “Today’s game put the Commonwealth on center stage and showed the tremendous impact sports play in our communities.”
Ulis’ back-to-back honor (2014) adds him to the list of previous award winners including Josh Harrellson (UK-2010), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (UK-2011), Russ Smith (UofL-2012) and James Young (UK-2013).
This award winner, which is presented annually, was selected by a committee of the BSC Board of Directors.