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


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.