Death, taxes and Bill Self. That’s how the saying goes around Kansas basketball and this season was no different.
A season that at times looked to be the one where Kansas wouldn’t win the Big 12, turned out to be a mirage. Not only did the Jayhawks win the league again, they did it going away, winning it by two whole games. Tuesday, head coach Bill Self was named National Coach of the Year by USA Today. The honor comes a day after Self was named AP Big 12 coach of the year.
Self only led Kansas to another Big 12 regular season championship, doing so for the stunning 12th consecutive season. Kansas finished the regular season 27-4 and 15-3 in conference play. They’re almost a lock to be a number one seed in next week’s NCAA Tournament and will be the top seed at this week’s Big 12 Championship in Kansas City.
This is the fifth time, Self has garnered a national coach of the year award by and entity.