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Notebook: Bill Self Mauls Discussing if KU Should be National Champions

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The Rock Chalkboard

115 college coaches vote on who would have won the NCAA Tourney
While 15 different teams received votes, the consensus pick for was Kansas, by a mile. Out of 115 possible votes, the Jayhawks received an astounding 49 votes — 33 more than the team with the second-most votes.

Bill Self would see 'huge asterisk' if KU was named '20 champion
"Well, this would be the one particular year that I’m all for it without question," Self joked. "But I don’t even put any wishful thinking into that because that’s not the way this is all intended to be. Coaches prepare their teams a certain way, to peak at the right time and this and that. I’m very proud of how my team performed for the most part all season long but specifically the last two months of the season. We were terrific."

Self: Idea of NCAA allowing seniors to return a 'great thought'
"Well, I think it's obviously a great thought and something that you would think would be considered," Self began. "I don't know enough about it. But I've sat in a lot of those NCAA meetings over the years and realized that what appears sometimes to be an obvious answer isn't always that way because of the thoughts of the unintended consequences of it."

WATCH: One Shining Moment video highlights KU basketball season
One Shining Moment is often the perfect end to wrap up a college basketball season. The song is played following the conclusion of each NCAA Tournament championship game, and thus memorable moments and players from the year's tournaments are captured forever in a video package.

Bill Self explains why KU basketball opted for Houston over Indy
Well, at least one question was answered on Monday. KU coach Bill Self, who led up the likely No. 1-overall seed had Selection Sunday taken place, was asked about where he opted to play in the NCAA Tournament. A rule change in the last half-decade allowed the No. 1-overall seed to pick its site for not only the first two rounds of the tournament, but also its regional (from the four options) for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

High major interest pouring in for Harvard transfer Bryce Aiken
“So far Maryland, Marquette, Seton Hall a little bit,” Aiken said. “I’ve spoken to Juwan Howard over at Michigan, the head coach of Iowa State, Kansas has reached out, but not to me personally yet and Gonzaga.”

Q&A: Bill Self on cancelled tournament, why Kansas was surging
In an effort to attempt to figure out who might have won March Madness, I reached out to 115 head and assistant college coaches and polled them under the condition of anonymity on who they think would have won the NCAA Tournament.

Bits o Chalk

The Legend of Sabrina Ionescu
What's next for the prodigious point guard with a penchant for pushing life-altering decisions to the last possible moment? While we wait and wonder about what will be, we reflect on the moments and milestones that have already been. Here, the superstar and the people who know her best reveal the story behind the legend, the fights and flourishes that have come to define the game's most electric player.

Rick Pitino -- 'I deserved to be fired by Louisville'
"Looking back on it now, I deserved to be fired by Louisville," Pitino said. "Was I innocent of any wrongdoing? Yes I was, but I was the leader and I deserved to be fired. I need to move on and that's what I probably have learned the most."

Source -- QB Marcus Mariota agrees to deal with Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Sources -- WR Amari Cooper to sign 5-year, $100M deal with Cowboys
After securing Dak Prescott for at least 2020 with the exclusive franchise tag earlier in the day, the Dallas Cowboys prevented Amari Cooper from leaving via free agency later Monday with a five-year, $100 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

2020 NFL free-agency and trade grades - Bill Barnwell tracks every big signing and move
Grades come in as ESPN confirms various deals, and they're subject to change later in March as we find out more specifics about the actual structure of contracts and what is and is not guaranteed. If you don't see a grade for a deal that has been reported, check back later.

Eraser Dust

Evangelical leader Eugene Cho denounces Trump for calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’ - The Washington Post
After President Trump called the novel coronavirus “the Chinese Virus” in a tweet Monday, an evangelical leader responded by calling the label “unacceptable,” warning that it “instigates blame, racism, and hatred against Asians.”

Ohio governor announces polls will be closed Tuesday over coronavirus - CNNPolitics
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced late Monday night that polls will be closed in the state on Tuesday as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress Starts Talks On A New Wave Of Emergency Funding To Address Coronavirus : NPR
Even as Congress has yet to sign off on a second, major package to address the coronavirus crisis, lawmakers are starting talks on a new, massive emergency funding plan to address some of the country's increasingly dire economic concerns.

What will a 0% interest rate mean for mortgages? - CNN
"There is literally a traffic jam to get on to the mortgage refinance highway," he said. "You're not finding those low rates on a prevalent basis because they are marking up rates to give them a chance to work though the initial wave of demand."

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