KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While watching that KU vs. Duke game Tuesday night, I was amazed at what Bill Self means to not just Kansas basketball, but the university itself and how it's perceived.
They had more than 22,000 people in Chicago and a national TV audience.
Self put on a coaching clinic; the man is unbelievable.
Mike Krzyzewski, recognized as of the top three coaches in America, got out coached by Self.
KU went on a 15-4 run down the stretch-- game over. Sure, Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis are really good, but Self makes it all happen.
His players get better every day, every game, year after year. He breaks out a new starting five and two games into the season, takes out Duke on a neutral floor.
KU fans can forget about the crappy football program. It's an embarrassment to the school and the conference.
Jayhawk fans had to endure through Lew Perkins and that multi-million dollar ticket scandal. Then Turner Gill and now Charlie Weis.
When basketball season rolls around, everything changes faster than the falling leaves at Mt. Oread. Everybody becomes a KU fan again. The Jayhawks get their swagger back.
You can see that sense of entitlement start creeping back in. Nine straight league titles can do that.
This team is good. Really good.
Watching Self operate, I can only wonder how painful it must be for Missouri fans.
Bill Self wanted to be the head coach of the Missouri tigers in the worst way, but Mike Alden shot him down in favor of Quin Snyder.
It goes down as the greatest coaching blunder in Tiger history. KU got really lucky.
That's Jack's Smack.