We’re used to seeing the Kansas Jayhawks playing through March and into April. It shocks no one when year in and year out, Bill Self has his team in the Elite 8, Final 4, and National Title game. In Lawrence, Kansas, Self has all of the tools he needs to build an elite program. The key is that Bill Self has a system that continuously produces top teams. They’ve mastered the ability to recruit and also develop players while within the program, so it’s not a mistake that Kansas is continuously among the top teams in the country.
Self has put together quite the coaching staff as well. Having Kansas greats such as Danny Manning around (before he left for Tulsa) has helped lift and build the esteem of Kansas Basketball back to an elite level. Then adding guys like Norm Roberts, who has been a Head Coach at St. John’s and an assistant coach under Billy Donovan at Florida, has really given him strong support for what he’s trying to build.
With the infrastructure in place, Coach Self has a winning process that virtually can’t be stopped. But for all the winning in recent Kansas memory, Self is still trying to bring the Jayhawk faithful their first national title since 2008. After last year’s disappointing loss in the national championship game against Kentucky, many are feeling that this is the year Kansas will end the season where they have been so many times – sitting atop of the college basketball world once again.