KU basketball coach Bill Self is in a league of his own…
Self’s won 11 straight Big 12 titles, with 2 final fours and one championship since 2008. Which makes him one of the all-time best college basketball coaches.
Does Bill need another Final Four to make him an elite coach? Many think he already has earned that distinction, but one or two more certainly wouldn’t hurt.
The Jayhawks just mounted a New England Patriot-type comeback against West Virginia. Down by 17 late, KU made a furious comeback and won the game in overtime.
Self and his Jayhawks got more national attention with this late season win than any other this year. It assures Kansas of yet another conference title and they’re ranked currently as a No. 1 seed for a March championship run.
Self is in a class of head coaches that this area has never seen before.
AS IN, THE BEST.
KU has two monster stars in Frank Mason and Josh Jackson. Landon Lucas has become their best defender and with Devonte Graham gives Kansas the nation’s best guard combination.
KU is ranked number 3 in the nation as of now with a 23-3 record.
Add to that a huge win over Kentucky – another big come from behind game – a win over Duke and several big in-conference wins.
Many observers believe the Big 12 is the best overall conference today with top teams including Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor. And Kansas State has emerged as a likely March Madness candidate as well as Iowa State.
KU’s Frank Mason is one of the leading candidates for player of the year nationally – averaging plus 20 points and five assists per game – which has never been done before in the Big 12 if he ends up getting the award.
And there’s a good chance Kansas would play in Kansas City at Sprint for the shot at the Final Four. Nice.
The $64 million question: is Self still THE MAN in KC over Andy Reid and Ned Yost?
I’d have to say, yes.
Both the Chiefs and Royals have moved way up the food chain the last couple seasons, however Self’s been doing it longer and few would argue KU is still the best sports franchise in this area.
Ned would need a few more post seasons with the Royals and Andy needs to get to a Super Bowl to challenge Bill.
And while Self is a sure hall of fame coach already, this may be a special season for Kansas.
You get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, another national title is in the works.