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Notebook: Bill Self Mauls Thinking David McCormack Could be Double Double Guy

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Maybe we should finally tell them the big secret. That all the chimps we sent into Space came back super-intelligent

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The Rock Chalkboard

Winningest Big 12 men's basketball programs in the last decade
Over the last decade, it’s been largely Kansas and everyone else when it comes to Big 12 Conference men’s basketball. The Jayhawks have won at least a share of nine regular-season championships in the last 10 years (and actually 15 in the last 16 years) in Bill Self’s program, which has boasted 11 Consensus All-Americans over that span.

Udoka Azubuike's mother 'driving force' behind hoops success
Growing up in Delta, Nigeria, Azubuike was the youngest of five siblings. Azubuike’s mother, Florence, worked as a middle school teacher and his father, Fabian, worked as a police officer. But when Azubuike was 10 years old, Fabian passed away.

KU Campus Underground: Hoops, football & recruiting news (4/17)
Each week, we'll break down what's happening with KU football, KU basketball and on the recruiting trail, plus give behind-the-scenes updates you have not read anywhere else.

Bill Self thinks David McCormack 'could be a double-double guy'
The Jayhawks were set in the frontcourt for the 2019-20 campaign given the team had consensus second-team All-American Udoka Azubuike manning the middle. The team spent most of its remaining minutes playing with four guards, a staple of how Self's teams have looked — either out of necessity or personnel — since the 2016-17 season. And thus David McCormack, a former McDonald's All-American, averaged only 14.7 minutes per game.

Self Perspective Episode 6: The 2012 Border War comeback
In the video, Self noted that the Missouri game and the triple-overtime win over Oklahoma were the most exciting home games he'd been a part of. There's plenty more analysis in the breakdown, including Self's perspective on the Robinson block to preserve a tie and send the game to overtime.

How does the big picture change with Jalen Green going pro?
With the new G-League system in place, which includes salaries at or near $500,000, giving the top players their own team, and not having them compete in the usual G-League, what this in essence doing is creating a singular focus for the NBA in developing the elite high school basketball players in the country.

Bits o Chalk

JT Daniels to enter transfer portal; USC coach cites option to return
USC quarterback JT Daniels has entered his name in the transfer portal, coach Clay Helton said Thursday.

Jazz's Mike Conley beats Bulls' Zach LaVine for HORSE title
Conley took the title "H-O" to "H-O-R-S-E" in the championship round, which aired Thursday night.

Broncos star Von Miller tests positive for the coronavirus
"It's true," Miller told 9NEWS by phone. "I've just been here in the crib, and I started to get a little cough. You know, I have asthma, and I started getting a little cough a couple days ago. My girlfriend ... she told me when I was asleep, she said my cough, it didn't sound normal."

NBA, WNBA launch face coverings to benefit hunger relief
The NBA and WNBA have teamed with Fanatics to launch cloth face coverings, featuring all 30 NBA and 12 WNBA team logos, available on the leagues' apparel websites.

Top NBA prospects finding ways to avoid college before turning pro - Sports Illustrated
In 2020, precious few elite players grow up dreaming of being a Tar Heel. Or a Kentucky Wildcat. Or a Duke Blue Devil. Or a Kansas Jayhawk. Or a college player of any kind.

Eraser Dust

Trump gives governors 3-phase plan to reopen economy | WTOP
President Donald Trump gave governors a road map Thursday for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out “a phased and deliberate approach” to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.

Humane Society of Northwest MT reminds potential owners to carefully consider adoptions
The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is asking potential pet owners to carefully consider adoption during the coronavirus outbreak.

Organizers raise donations for Bigfork historic landmark | KECI
The Board of Trustees at the Swan Community Hall is looking to raise about $25,000 in donations for repairs.

Brian Dennehy Dead: Tommy Boy, The Blacklist Actor Dies at 81 | TV Guide
Actor Brian Dennehy, who appeared in nearly 200 movies and TV shows over the course of his long career and won two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play, died Wednesday, April 15 from natural causes unrelated to COVID-19, his daughter Elizabeth Dennehy confirmed. He was 81. Dennehy could be a leading man or a character actor depending on what the role called for, and in addition to his Tonys, he was nominated for six Emmys and won a Golden Globe.

Episode Two of Beacon's True-Crime Podcast Now Available - Flathead Beacon
David Burgert arrived in Kalispell fresh off a four-year prison term in Alabama, looking to get his life on track. The 25-year-old high school dropout, ex-Marine and convicted felon would spend the 1990s settling into his new home. He achieved sobriety and joined Alcoholics Anonymous, got married, and opened a snowmobile and boat rental business in town. But when the turn of the century arrived, Burgert’s life started spinning out of control once again.