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Kansas Basketball Coach Bill Self Named National Coach Of The Year By Sporting News

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self is The Sporting News' National Coach of the Year in college basketball.

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self
Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self
Kansas Jayhawks' men's basketball coach Bill Self has been named College Basketball National Coach of the Year by Sporting News. In addition, the publication named Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor of Kansas and Missouri's Marcus Denmon to its All-American teams
Robinson was a first-team selection, and Taylor and Denmon were both named to the Sporting News All-America second team.
It is the third time Self has received the honor, as voted by Sporting News. He previously received the honor in 2000 when he was at Tulsa and in 2009 as coach at Kansas.
Self returned only one starter from last season's Elite Eight team, but guided the Jayhawks to their eighth consecutive regular-season conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Basketball Tournament that starts Wednesday in Kansas City. In nine seasons at Kansas, Self has compiled an overall record of 263-51 and his teams are 123-23 against conference competition.
Robinson, the 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year, is the only player in the conference this season to average a double-double, with an 18.0 scoring average and 11 rebounds a game. His rebounding average ranks second in the nation.
Denmon is a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection and was second in the conference in scoring this year, shooting at a 47 percent clip in his field goal tries and averaging 18.0 points per game. Taylor was a huge reason for KU's success down the stretch this season. He scored 22 or more points in each of his final three regular season games and led the Jayhawks for the season with 153 assists and 53 field goals from beyond the three-point arc.
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