Self’s wizardry on display

Never has Self gotten more with less. Again, that’s a compliment. This team out-performed its talent, and that it did so as the season progressed only augments the point.

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April 5, 2022 - 3:54 PM

Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks hugs Christian Braun (2) after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-69 during the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament National Championship at Caesars Superdome on April 04, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Jamie Squire/Getty Image/TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At some point during this Kansas season, head coach Bill Self deemed this group different than its predecessors. They all turn out to be that way, of course, but this version of KU players had a discernible quality.

They believed they were the most talented group Self had coached. Believed that they had come through a storied program — a true Blue Blood — and bested them all.

Self didn’t have the heart to tell them.

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