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John Bazemore, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this March 23, 2012 file photo, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist reacts after the second half of an NCAA tournament South Regional semifinal college basketball game against Indiana, in Atlanta. Kidd-Gilchrist is one of the nation's youngest players, but the 18-year-old who has endured more than his share of family heartache has brought the Wildcats to the doorstep of a national title game appearance.

NEW ORLEANS — The two most important men in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's life will be on display on Saturday night at the national semifinals in New Orleans. They're the two names sewn into the back of his Kentucky jersey.

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The quiet freshman will be playing for his family when Kentucky (36-2) faces Louisville (30-9) on Saturday — the father he never really knew, the uncle who taught him the game and his mother who kept everything together for the grief-stricken boy.

Kidd-Gilchrist said his personal journey has taken him through a lot, but that he's ready on the eve of the Final Four.

He's done a little bit of everything for Kentucky, and some of his biggest contributions rarely show up in the box score despite averaging 12 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.