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The Weekend Mauling: 12.10.2022

Now, when I say, “Hello, Mr. Thompson”... and press down on your foot, you smile and nod.

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The Rock Chalkboard

Dajuan Harris relishes the opportunity to face Missouri in hometown of Columbia
Dajuan Harris understood the impact of the Border War growing up in Columbia, Missouri. The redshirt junior grew up knowing the disdain from both fan bases toward the other and the effects a big win could have.

Kansas big man Cam Martin available to play against Missouri following injury absence
Kansas big man Cam Martin is set to be available for KU following his multi-week absence due to an injury when the Jayhawks travel east to take on Missouri. The super senior suffered a separated right shoulder back in late October and had to miss the start of KU's season. Martin returned to the practice floor after the Texas Southern game last week. Bill Self said on Hawk Talk on Wednesday night that Martin has now been cleared for game action and confirmed the news on Thursday.

WATCH: Bill Self and Dajuan Harris discuss upcoming Missouri game
Kansas basketball is headed east on Saturday to take on rivals Missouri. The last time the two teams met was last December and the Jayhawks emerged with a, 102–65, victory. This time around the game is expected to be much closer, as the Tigers are a much-improved team under first-year head coach Dennis Gates. In fact, according to KenPom.com, KU is projected to win 80-77. Overall, KU is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings with Missouri dating back to March of 2009. KU is 4-4 overall in games played at Mizzou Arena.

Big 12 basketball power rankings: Texas leads heated race for conference title through first month
Through one month, the Big 12 is once again college basketball's best conference, according to statistics website KenPom. It's a spot the Big 12 is comfortable with, even as the conference has produced Final Four teams in five of the last six NCAA Tournaments, including each of the last four, with both of the last two national title winners.

Eraser Dust

Investigators, cleanup crews begin scouring oil pipeline spill in Kansas | Reuters
WASHINGTON, Kansas, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Emergency crews on Friday were preparing to labor through the weekend to clean up the largest U.S. crude oil spill in nearly a decade, with workers descending on this farming community from as far away as Mississippi.

Brittney Griner release: After release from Russian custody, focus is on providing Brittney Griner and her family additional support, officials say | CNN
Griner arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, early Friday – the next leg of a journey back on American soil following what the US government described as wrongful detainment that had often left her family and loved ones with little information or consolation.

Kari Lake sues Arizona elections officials over governor's race loss - The Washington Post
Lake, who lost the Arizona governor's race, asked a court to throw out the election results.

The self-proclaimed kingdom that doesn't recognise Germany - BBC News
The turrets of an imposing castle loom out of the treetops. A sign on its front door solemnly informs the visitor that they've entered - in effect - a new country.

Zion Williamson says playoff loss to Suns played part in late dunk
Pelicans forward Zion Williamson took two dribbles toward the rim and pulled off a 360 windmill dunk to end Friday night's game against the Phoenix Suns in style.

Two Flathead homes lost to fires this week
Two Flathead Valley homes that were damaged this week in devastating fires are considered to be total losses.

What's Wrong with Admitting ‘I was a Victim’? - Eggshell Therapy and Coaching
In recent years, with the proliferation of self-help, motivational speaking and the social pressure to adopt ‘positive thinking,’ the word ‘victim’ has become a sensitive one.

If we were to admit, or even to suggest that we were victimised, we may face judgement from society, or have well-meaning friends stopping us from our ‘victim mindset.’