The Daily Mauling: 4.9.2020

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Marcus Garrett says KU would’ve won 2020 NCAA Tournament
“I definitely think we would’ve won a national championship,” Garrett said on the March Madness 365 podcast with Andy Katz. “Like you said, I feel like we were loaded. I felt like it would take one of the best efforts of the year to beat us, just the way we were playing, the way we was connected on and off the court. I just feel like we probably had the best shot at winning a national championship.”

Udoka Azubuike’s senior season for KU hoops had turning point
“And I thought Doke was having a good year; I would say probably a B, B+ year,” Self said. “I don’t think that he was great in the opening game against Duke by any stretch. I thought he was unbelievable in Maui, as [Devon Dotson] was too, capping it with the win against Dayton when he had 29 and Dot had 31. I think that put them [both] back in the game for national accolades.”

Three KU football questions entering the summer: Offensive line
The second year of the Les Miles-era of KU football is underway, but it is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All NCAA spring sports were canceled as a result of the pandemic, which included KU’s spring slate.

KU basketball crowns best dunk of Bill Self’s coaching tenure
In the first round of the tournament, the Selden dunk took home 94.9 percent of the votes in its matchup. And yes, you can watch it below…

Bits o Chalk

Sources – Chris Paul, Trae Young, Zach LaVine expected to join H-O-R-S-E competition
The NBA and ESPN are finalizing plans to televise a H-O-R-S-E shooting competition, with stars Chris Paul of Oklahoma City, Trae Young of Atlanta and Zach LaVine of Chicago among those expected to participate, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Sources – Bulls tab Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas to lead basketball ops
The Chicago Bulls are hiring Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to become the franchise’s new executive vice president of basketball operations, league sources told ESPN.

LeBron James — Closure will be tough if Lakers’ season doesn’t resume
“I don’t know if I will be able to have any closure,” James said Wednesday on a video conference call with reporters, four weeks to the day since the NBA shut down.

Doc Rivers confident Kawhi Leonard would return in top shape
“I know Kawhi’s overworking. I can guarantee you that,” Rivers said with a laugh Wednesday on a video call with reporters. “And the difference is, during the summer, Kawhi couldn’t work, you know, so now he’s got this break, and he’s able to train.

Eraser Dust

US coronavirus: Scientists say coronavirus won’t end with warmer weather while US plans for life under a new normal – CNN
President Trump has previously claimed that increased temperatures will bring an end to the virus. But members of a National Academy of Sciences committee said in a letter to the White House Tuesday that the data is mixed on if the virus spreads less easily in the heat, however that might not matter much given the lack of immunity.

U.S. Projected to Have Highest Coronavirus Death Toll in the World Within Five Days
he novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., now the epicenter of the pandemic, has seen nearly 15,000 fatalities to date. The country is reportedly on track to have the world’s highest death count within nearly five days, according to the latest projections.

Coronavirus stimulus checks to hit US in waves, some arrive in April
The first group – estimated to cover 50 million to 60 million Americans – would include people who have already given their bank account information to the Internal Revenue Service.

Experts warn coronavirus lockdowns should stay until there’s a vaccine – Business Insider
Lockdown measures have been effective in curbing the “first wave” of the new coronavirus spread, a new study led by researchers at Hong Kong University has found. But experts warn that loosening restrictions before a vaccine is available may lead to a resurgence of cases.

Flathead woman charged with running over school girl | KECI
Flathead County prosecutors charged a woman with criminal endangerment for running over a Whitefish school student.

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