Bill Self named a finalist for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame


NEW ORLEANS, La. – Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self is one step closer to becoming a first-ballot hall of famer with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announcement of Self as one of 14 finalists for the “Hoop Hall” on Saturday during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

The entire Class of 2017 will be unveiled on Monday, April 3 at the NCAA Final Four in Glendale, Arizona. Self was initially announced as a nominee on Dec. 21, 2016 – the Birthday of Basketball.

In 24 seasons as a head coach, Self has posted a 615-191 record. Earlier this season, he won his 600th game on Dec. 6, 2016, becoming the ninth-fastest coach in NCAA Division I history to reach 600 victories. He is 408-86 in his 14th season at Kansas and his 82.6 winning percentage with the Jayhawks ranks first among the eight KU coaches in the tradition-rich program.

A four-time national coach of the year, Self has guided his teams to 16 of a possible 19 regular-season conference titles, finishing second in two of those non-title seasons and third in the other. Included is Kansas’ current string of 12-straight Big 12 titles, beginning in the 2004-05 season, which ranks second on the NCAA consecutive conference title list. KU’s run is one behind record holder UCLA’s 13 straight from 1967-79, which was under two coaches. Also in his career, Self’s teams have also won eight league tournament titles, including seven at Kansas.

Self, who has guided his teams to 18-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, has led his squads to two Finals Fours, winning the 2008 title while at Kansas in the only Final Four that all four No. 1 seeds reached the elite event. Eleven times his teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 with eight appearances in the Elite Eight.

A six-time conference coach of the year, Self has posted eight 30-win seasons and KU’s four-straight 30-win seasons from 2009-10 to 2012-13 are the most consecutive 30-win seasons in NCAA history.

At Kansas, Self has won more conference titles (12) than lost home games (10) as he is 218-10 (95.6 percent) inside historic Allen Fieldhouse. While at KU, Self has coached 57 all-conference performers and 31 Academic All-Big 12 honorees, which is more than any other league school.

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