Self Pulling for Oklahoma State

KU Head Coach Bill Self will be at the Final Four today rooting for Oklahoma State.

For the first time in three years, the Jayhawks players will not be at the Final Four, but their Head Coach will be. Bill Self will be in attendance at today's Final Four in San Antonio rooting for Oklahoma State - his alma mater.

Self played at Oklahoma State from 1982-85 and was an assistant coach there from 1987-1993.

While Self will be in attendance, he isn't exactly giddy about being there.

"I am not looking forward to going at all," Self said at his year end news conference. "If I didn't have a ticket I probably wouldn't go at all," he joked.

Self's words echo his disappointment of being just one win away from reaching the Final Four for the third time in five years. Self is now 0-3 in Elite Eight games, but Self is the only coach in the country to guide teams to the Elite Eight three times in the last five years having coached Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas.

That's quite an accomplishment, but Self is not satisfied.

"The game you have to win is the Elite Eight game." Next to the Championship game, the Elite Eight game is the game."

While the Jayhawks will not be in the Championship game this year, Self might find himself there Monday night.

"Tech has a really good team, but I think Oklahoma State is superb." "I think we'll have a UConn-Oklahoma State final."

Like many, Self agreed that UConn is the best team left, and gave the edge to Huskies in the National Championship game if Emeka Okafor is healthy, but Self called Coach Eddie Sutton to wish Oklahoma State well in the Final Four.

"I will pull for Oklahoma State to win because they are from the league and most importantly my alma mater. I would love to see those guys do well."


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