Kentucky should have Ulis back for UCLA

Will Kentucky have Tyler Ulis back for Thursday vs. UCLA?

No. 1 Kentucky hopes to get a key figure back in its lineup tonight when it takes on UCLA at 9:00PM ET from Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

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Tyler Ulis, who averages 13.2 points, 4.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, is expected to be back tonight after missing Monday's game versus Illinois State due to an elbow injury.

The Wildcats are loaded with talent, but they struggled a bit without their sophomore point guard in a 75-63 victory over the Redbirds. Kentucky was tied with Illinois State at halftime before rallying in the second half. The Wildcats failed to cover as a 20.5-point favorite.

"It was a big difference," freshmen guard Isaiah Briscoe said. "We missed him out there. He's our leader and floor general."

The Wildcats are 7-4 against the Bruins and crushed UCLA 83-44 last season in Chicago. According to oddsmamkers from online sports book RealBet.eu, the Wildcats are only a 5.5-point favorite over the Bruins for tonight's game. A whopping 91% of public bettors are currently backing Kentucky to cover the spread with Ulis back in the lineup.

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