The Daily Mauling: 3.20.2020

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I pity those poor suckers on the freeway. Gas, brake, honk. Gas, brake, honk. Honk, honk, punch! Gas, gas, gas

The Rock Chalkboard

Numbers show Udoka Azubuike’s case for Player of the Year
Azubuike’s strength in finishing situations is how he finished his career as the NCAA’s leader in field goal percentage. And yet that might not even be as impressive as his impact on Kansas’ defense. Some of that is Azubuike’s shot-blocking and some is his defensive rebounding. He ranked 18th nationally in shot-blocking rate and 28th in defensive rebounding rate, per KenPom.

Elite schools calling on graduate transfer Jordan Bruner
“I think I’m very much capable of playing pro but with the situation with the virus and everything going on, I think everybody is pretty unsure of what’s going to happen in the coming months and over the course of next year,” Bruner told 247Sports.

KU basketball’s Ochai Agbaji has unique hobby
“It started about six or seven years ago,” Agbaji told Voice of the Jayhawks Brian Hanni on an episode on the Jayhawker Podcast. “My dad got me FL Studio, which is like this software that you can make patterns and loops on. So I just started playing around with that. I taught myself how to make a beat. I would just look at YouTube videos. My dad never helped me. It would be all on my own.”

ESPN writer lobbies for Kansas to win national title
“No. 1 in the final polls. No. 1 in all the metrics that matter,” Medcalf tweeted. “I think Kansas deserves the 2019-2020 national title, and the banner that comes with it, under the current circumstances. ‘You never know.’ I get it. But someone should get the crown. Kansas deserves it.”

Bits o Chalk

Big3 planning reality-TV-style tournament – under quarantine
“We’ve been working on safety issues to make sure we can do this responsibly,” Big3 executive Jeff Kwatinetz told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “We’ve made a lot of headway since last week and are hoping to move this forward as people need sports and entertainment to get them through hard times.”

Darius Slay says he ‘lost all respect’ for Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia in 2018
Two incidents between Lions coach Matt Patricia and cornerback Darius Slay early in Patricia’s tenure in Detroit began a rift between the two that might have contributed to Slay being traded, the player told ESPN on Thursday.

Saints’ Sean Payton says he tested positive for coronavirus
Payton said he didn’t feel well this past Sunday, took the test Monday, and received the results Thursday afternoon. Payton is resting at home, fatigued, but said he is part of the 20 percent of the cases that have no fever and no cough. But he will self-quarantine in his home through the weekend, and he said he is upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery.

Rams release RB Todd Gurley, LB Clay Matthews
Faced with a challenging salary-cap situation, the Los Angeles Rams have released running back Todd Gurley and linebacker Clay Matthews, the team announced Thursday

Celts’ Marcus Smart, two Lakers players latest to test positive for coronavirus
The coronavirus continues to make its way through the NBA, with Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and two Los Angeles Lakers players testing positive for COVID-19.

Eraser Dust

‘We’re not a shipping clerk’: Trump tells governors to step up efforts to get medical supplies – POLITICO
President Donald Trump on Thursday put the onus on governors to obtain the critical equipment their states need to fight the coronavirus pandemic, telling reporters that the federal government is “not a shipping clerk” for the potentially life-saving supplie

Coronavirus: State Department tells Americans not to travel abroad
The department on Thursday issued a Level 4 advisory for travel abroad – “do not travel” – only four days after it issued a Level 3 advisory that urged Americans to “reconsider travel.”

SWAT team called out, 4 arrested in Kalispell
The Northwest Montana Regional SWAT Team was called out to a home on Third Avenue West at approximately 6 a.m. to serve a “high risk search warrant,” according to the Flathead Sheriff’s Office.

Madam of Martin City – Flathead Beacon
Mabel’s business boomed with the rest of the area’s establishments, and she even expanded her brothel business to Troy in preparation for the Libby Dam’s construction in 1951. While she was widely known and respected in Martin City, she led a private life and ensured that her girls held that same right to privacy. They were given routine doctor visits, and old-timers say Mabel insisted they act “lady-like” in public.

Kalispell leaders close down bars, limit restaurants
All bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, casinos, gyms, fitness facilities, athletic centers, workout studios, ice skating rinks, indoor climbing venues, indoor sporting arenas, cinemas, and theatres shall be closed to the public

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