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Kidd-Gilchrist back in Kentucky after visiting mom

Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has returned to the team after going home to New Jersey during the holiday break to visit his hospitalized mother.

Cindy Richardson, who was admitted last week for an undisclosed illness, has been released.

Kidd-Gilchrist played in Kentucky's 87-63 win last Wednesday against Loyola (Md.) after he learned Richardson had been hospitalized. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

After the game, he received a police escort to the airport to make his flight home.

The No. 3 Wildcats (11-1) play Lamar on Wednesday in their final game before hosting No. 4 Louisville on Saturday.