Since Bill Self took over as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks in 2003, he boasts an outstanding 416-88 (.825) record. 13 of those losses have been season-enders, each and every one of them hurts seemingly worse than the previous.
But for an abundance of reasons, KU’s 74-60 defeat to Oregon in the Elite Eight is the most painful loss of the 14-year Bill Self era.
This isn’t an easy conclusion to come to. Self is a legend. His Kansas teams have won 33 NCAA tournament games. But scattered throughout those 13 season-ending defeats in NCAA play are some true heartbreakers. Watching UCLA hit jump shot after jump shot as the shot clock expired was awful. Northern Iowa was brutal. VCU was an all-timer. Michigan was one of the worst gags in NCAA tournament history. Wichita State was flat-out annoying. Villanova was deflating. But all of those defeats pale in comparison to the …
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