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Marcus Garrett rolls ankle, still playing in Big 12 tournament
“I think Doke and Dot are fine," Self said on Wednesday. "Marcus, he turned [his ankle] yesterday, so he’ll play, but I don’t think by any stretch he’s close to 100 percent right now. But him taking off isn’t going to make him 100 percent so you’ve just got to hope he doesn’t roll it again or something like that. But he’s not going to feel great until a month after the season’s over, probably.”

What KU basketball players said about fan-less NCAA Tournament
Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), NCAA president Mark Emmert announced on Wednesday that fans not be allowed to attend NCAA Tournament games. A couple hours after Emmert’s announcement, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby also announced that the Big 12 tournament will follow the NCAA’s lead and not allow fans to attend the Big 12 tournament past Wednesday.

Bill Self reacts to NCAA Tournament taking place without fans
On Wednesday, NCAA president Mark Emmert released a statement saying fans would not be allowed into NCAA Tournament games this year.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby talks tournament status
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsy spoke to the media amid the Big 12’s decision to ban fans from attending conference tournament games. This is following NCAA President Mark Emmert’s decision of banning all fans from attending the NCAA Tournament games this season.

Coronavirus: Emmert bans fan attendance at NCAA Tournament
Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, the NCAA discussed potential options moving forward with the NCAA Basketball Tournament and other collegiate athletic events. Cities around the country began taking precautionary measures, including San Francisco with Golden State Warriors games, Houston (an NCAA Regional host city postponing and cancelling events) and Ohio not allowing fans in the First Four.

March Madness 2020: Could coronavirus threat impact the bracket?
Selection Sunday for the 2020 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is just four days away, and the makeup of the bracket for this year's installment of March Madness is only becoming that much clearer as conference tournaments continue through the weekend. For the majority of teams, whether or not they'll go dancing is settled -- seeding is the biggest concern for those who are locks to make the tournament -- but some schools still remain right in the thick of the tournament bubble as the race to the NCAA Tournament hits the home stretch.

Sources: Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg taken to hospital after loss
Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg was taken to the hospital following the Cornhuskers' 89-64 loss to Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday, sources told ESPN.

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NCAA hoops tournaments will be played without fans
The NCAA made the unprecedented decision Wednesday to hold its men's and women's basketball tournaments without fans because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

NBA suspends season until further notice after player tests positive for the coronavirus
"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice,'' the league said in a statement issued shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET. "The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.''

Michigan, Ohio State cancel spring games in response to coronavirus
Michigan and Ohio State are among the programs that have canceled their annual spring games, as schools around the country continue to strategize around the coronavirus outbreak.

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tests positive for coronavirus
Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club announced Wednesday.

Eraser Dust

READ: Trump's Oval Office speech on the coronavirus outbreak - CNNPolitics
Read President Donald Trump's speech to the nation on the coronavirus here:

10,000 coronavirus cases now reported in Italy | TheHill
Italy has now reported more than 10,000 total coronavirus cases in the country, where deaths from the virus have surpassed 600.

‘An Eviction Notice’: Chaos After Colleges Tell Students to Stay Away - The New York Times
One after the other, like dominoes, colleges announced that because of coronavirus fears, they were suspending classes and asking students to pack up and go.

WHO Calls Coronavirus a Pandemic as Nations Brace for Pain - Bloomberg
The coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic, the World Health Organization declared, urging governments to step up containment efforts as the number of worldwide cases topped 120,000 and deaths exceeded 4,300.

MDT hosts public meeting on dangerous Flathead intersection | KECI
Montana Department of Transportation hosted a public input meeting for the intersection of Batavia Lane and Highway 2 on Tuesday.

Dow futures plunge almost 1,100 points as Trump speech disappoints investors
Futures contracts tied to the major U.S. stock indexes fell on Wednesday night after an address from President Donald Trump failed to quell concerns over the possible economic slowdown from the coronavirus.