The game was marred with 52 fouls, 29 on Louisville and 23 on Kentucky, and had a lot of physical play. That was right up Kidd-Gilchrist's alley, however. "He wasn't bothered as much as some of the other players by the physical play," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "He almost relished it and just went after it, and that's why he played the way he did."
Kidd-Gilchrist's game was not perfect, however. He was 7-16 from the field, 2-4 from 3-point range, but only 8-13 from the free throw stripe. A few weeks ago Calipari instituted a new rule requiring a player to run 33 seconds for each free throw missed. The rule seems to have some flexibility, however.
"Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) missed a bunch,
which he normally doesn't do," Calipari explained. "He missed five of
them. I may cut a couple of those out because he
played so hard."
Indeed he did. But playing hard involves more than just the physical. "This game is all mental to me," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "I play my heart out, that's what I give, my heart."
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