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Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2008/oct/16/157363/ No need to look at the calendar to check the month. Kansas University basketball fans will remind you by saying what they say annually in early March. “You know,” they start, “I think this is Bill Self’s best coaching job yet.” Since that’s such a hot topic, I decided ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 1

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2008/apr/07/144780/ **1. 2007-08:** The only Final Four with four No. 1 seeds featured coaches John Calipari, Roy Williams and Ben Howland, who was coaching in his third consecutive Final Four, and Bill Self, the only Final Four first-timer. Self had established such an unselfish culture and such superior ball movement ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 2

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2012/feb/13/230018/ **2. 2011-2012:** Most view the steps in Allen Fieldhouse as a means of getting to their seats. For center Jeff Withey, they have much deeper significance. Coming off a scoreless game in a loss at Missouri, Withey didn’t hustle after a loose ball in practice. Coach Bill Self made ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 3

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2006/mar/15/76838/ **3. 2005-06:** Texas brought a ton of talent to the Big 12 race with guard Daniel Gibson, forward P.J. Tucker and center LaMarcus Aldridge. And they had experience. Kansas, on the other hand, was breaking in five new starters, once Christian Moody was moved out of the starting lineup. ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 4

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2009/mar/01/165807/ **4. 2008-09:** Five players from the NCAA title team were drafted and starter Russell Robinson graduated, leaving coach Bill Self with a gigantic rebuilding project. More like reloading. Sherron Collins took charge, led the team in scoring (18.9) and relied heavily on center Cole Aldrich (14.9). But it wasn’t ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 5

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2011/mar/20/210433/ **5. 2010-11:** This wasn’t a basketball season as much as a drama-packed mini-series, packed with personal tragedy and team triumphs. Thomas Robinson returned to the Kansas lineup three days after his mother’s memorial service and burial. and led the Jayhawks to a 90-66 blowout victory against Kansas State in ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 6

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/mar/01/269853/ **6. 2013-14:** Bill Self had to replace all five starters because Ben McLemore declared for the NBA draft and the other four starters were seniors. Sure, Andrew Wiggins was the No. 1-ranked high school recruit and 7-footer Joel Embiid from Cameroon had promise, but could Embiid, with so little ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 7

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/07/284721/ **7. 2014-2015:** Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and Joel Embiid, the No. 3 pick, both stayed at Kansas for just one year. The Jayhawks, unlike in most seasons, have no shot-blocking force in the middle. The Big 12 is loaded with point guards adept ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 8

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2013/feb/25/250168/ **8. 2012-2013:** Three starters returned from a team that had shocked the world by advancing to the NCAA title game, where it lost to Kentucky. Freshman sensation Ben McLemore, so athletic and such a good shooter, softened the blow of losing Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor. Kansas shared the ...

Ranking Bill Self's best coaching jobs during 11-year Big 12 title run: No. 9

Tom Keegan

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2007/mar/11/118724/ **9. 2006-07:** All five starters returned and ultra-talented freshmen Darrell Arther and Sherron Collins provided killer depth. Self quickly infused the new talent, scored an early season upset against defending national champion Florida, won the regular-season title with a 14-2 record and the Big 12 tournament championship. In the ...

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