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Notebook: Bill Self Mauls Calling the NCAA Tournament a Crap Shoot

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Tonight, my reign as Miss American Girl comes to an end, and I’d like to apologise one last time for my unfortunate remarks at the United Nations

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The Rock Chalkboard

KU notebook: Kansas survives Immanuel Quickley’s cut; four remain in hunt for acclaimed guard
Quickley, who plays on the spring and summer AAU basketball circuit for Baltimore’s Team BBC, has a final four of KU, Kentucky, Maryland and Miami. Rivals.com’s No. 15-ranked player has eliminated Duke, Providence and Virginia.

Spring experimentation lands Maciah Long at defensive end | KUsports.com
Although Long quarterbacked North Shore High to a Texas Class 6A Division I state championship as a prep senior in 2015, during KU’s spring game he showed up defensively, playing the same position as his former high school teammate, All-Big 12 defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr.

Kansas' Bill Self talks unpredictability of NCAA Tournament
"There were some other teams that were really, really good, but I would say that team [in 2016-17] with Devonte’ [Graham] and Frank [Mason] and Svi [Mykhaliuk] and Josh [Jackson] and Landen [Lucas], to me, that was a special team," Self said. "That was a special team that was the best team. But we didn’t win. It’s such a fine line. And could I say that this team was better than that team? I don’t know I would say that, because that team was a lot better than the team the next year that went to the Final Four."

KU golfers facing unusual stay-or-go scenario in wake of COVID-19 crisis | KUsports.com
“I’ve figured it a million different ways and I was tired of crunching numbers on my phone so I needed my big calculator,” Bermel told the Journal-World on Tuesday morning.

Bits o Chalk

Sources - NFL sets up tech safeguards for draft
Anyone who's ever held a fantasy draft online knows you have to log on early and test to make sure it works. This year, the NFL will be doing more or less the same thing for its actual draft.

Tiger Woods enjoys Masters Champions Dinner 'quarantine style'
"Masters Champions Dinner quarantine style. Nothing better than being with family,'' Woods captioned a photo of himself wearing the green jacket with the Masters trophy -- a clubhouse replica -- on the table. With him at his South Florida home are his girlfriend, Erica Herman, his daughter, Sam, and his son, Charlie.

AD -- Coach Mike Leach to 'expand his cultural awareness of Mississippi' following tweet
Leach's tweet, depicting a woman knitting a noose for her husband during self-quarantine, was criticized by several Bulldogs players. Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett entered the transfer portal, and his father, Abdual Lovett, told the Clarion Ledger that he didn't feel comfortable with his son playing for Leach, "with a guy like that, from a leadership standpoint."

Kevin Garnett dismisses talk of Wolves retiring his number, says he 'won't forgive' team owner
"But I don't do business with snakes. I don't do business with snake motherf---ers. I try not to do business with openly snakes or people who are snake-like."

Eraser Dust

China Ends Wuhan Coronavirus Lockdown, but Normal Life is a Distant Dream - The New York Times
In the city where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported, the reopening of outbound travel won’t end hard times, wariness or confinement.

Why black Americans are at higher risk for coronavirus - CNN
Black Americans have more existing medical issues, less access to health care, and are more likely to work in unstable jobs -- all factors that have made the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hurt blacks more.

John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73 - The New York Times
A folk singer and songwriter with a raspy voice and an offbeat humor, he was revered by his peers, including Bob Dylan.

CNN poll: Most say US government has done poor job of preventing coronavirus spread | TheHill
Fifty-five percent of respondents said the federal government has not done a good job, an increase of 8 percentage points in about a week. The government’s disapproval rating on its actions during the pandemic has increased 12 percentage points in a month, pollsters noted.

Kalispell state of emergency ordinance raises concerns for some | KECI
“The Montana code gives authorization code for emergency powers to the chief executive officer of the city, that being in Kalispell our city manager, a nonelected bureaucrat,” Kalispell ward 4 councilman Sid Daoud said.

Flathead County seeing community spread of COVID-19
Local health officials are confirming that there is now documentation of community spread COVID-19 in Flathead County.

Kalispell pastor records Sunday service from home | KECI
Kalispell pastor Kevin Bueltmann had his first online service from his home on Palm Sunday.

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