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Championship Moments: Big-game Mike built for championship stage

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At CoachCal.com, I continue my Championship Moments series with a look at the tremendous impact Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had on the 'Cats bringing home banner No. 8. Here's an excerpt:

It was perhaps that game, the North Carolina contest, where Kidd-Gilchrist established himself as the freshman leader of the future national champions.

"We see him working hard, diving for loose balls and everything, and we want to do the same thing," UK point guard Marquis Teague said. "It's follow the leader."

Although Kidd-Gilchrist paced the Cats in scoring in the UNC victory, it was fellow star freshman Anthony Davis who rejected UNC big man John Henson's shot at the end of the game, essentially sealing the UK win. Because of his tremendous late-game play, it was Davis who received the bulk of the post game ink and attention, but it mattered not to Kidd-Gilchrist.

"You have to know Michael," Calipari said. "He's just the best kid. He wants everyone to feel good, and he never wants it to be about himself. He's just an unusual kid."

For the full article go here and Go 'Cats!