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Championship Moments: Offensive versatility, overcoming adversity, the preludes to a title

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist became the Wildcats emotional leader as Kentucky marched to the title.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist became the Wildcats emotional leader as Kentucky marched to the title.

In my continuing Championship Moments series at CoachCal.com, I take a look at Kentucky's Sweet 16 win over Indiana and Elite Eight victory over Baylor, as each Wildcat, led my Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, stepped up their game in Kentucky's title chase. Here's an excerpt:

Following up Terrence Jones' and Anthony Davis' NCAA tourney double-double efforts, it was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who did the most damage in Kentucky's epic 102-90 Sweet 16 win over the Indiana Hoosiers as UK's freshman leader scored a career-high-tying 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

MKG, who netted 18 points against IU in UK's last-second loss to the Hoosiers in December, was emotionally charged up from the opening tip and never relented.

"Mike's a spectacular player, he brings a lot of energy," Davis said after the game.

Kidd-Gilchrist's enthusiasm was not only evident on the court, but also in the Wildcat huddle.


"In the huddle, during timeouts, Michael was the guy firing us up," UK reserve guard Twany Beckham said. "It showed in his play."

For the full article, go here and Go Cats!