The first time he rode to the Final Four, Bill Self was at the wheel of an Aston Martin, the envy of the lot. The Jayhawks had Darrell Arthur up front and Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush in the back. He'd built a Kansas team that was sleek, sporty, and went from zero to 60 in about two seconds flat.
Four years later, Self is back in the promised land. Only this time, he's in a Honda CR-Z. Kansas 2012 runs on defense, chemistry and chutzpah. Also, ethanol. What it lacks in horsepower, it makes up for in mileage.
George Washington and the Delaware River was a good coaching job. Bill Self getting this Kansas team to New Orleans was a coaching masterpiece.
"I will say this: I don't know if I ever enjoyed coaching a team more than this one. I love them," Self said recently of his 31-6 Jayhawks, who'll meet Ohio State on Saturday night in the second of two NCAA tournament semifinals. "We fight - it's combative sometimes, all those things. But I love coaching these guys."
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