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Self will go down as Kansas' best coach

Bill Self boasts a .824 winning percentage as head coach at Kansas. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

As Kansas nears yet another Big 12 regular-season title with Bill Self at the helm, it’s an ideal time to debate whether the 52-year-old head coach can lay claim to the title of best Kansas coach of all time.

At first I scoffed at the notion. How could Self -- who has won only one national title and boasts a pair of Final Four appearances -- be considered the best coach in Kansas' history? However, a closer look shows one can make a valid case that Self already has passed his predecessor, Roy Williams, and stacks up against legendary Phog Allen.


Let's start with The Streak.

Since Self's first season in Lawrence, when Kansas finished second in the Big 12 to Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks have won at least a share of the regular-season crown each and every year. That’s 10 years running -- with an 11th likely unless KU blows a one-game advantage over Iowa State with four games remaining.