Kansas’ Bill Self to miss Thursday’s tournament opener against Howard

Jeff BorzelloESPN Writer1 minute read

Kansas coach Bill Self will miss Thursday’s game against Howard as he continues to progress well after a recent health issue, the school announced.

Self missed the Big 12 tournament after undergoing heart surgery last week. He arrived at the hospital on March 8 after complaining of chest tightness and balance problems. Self “underwent standard cardiac catheterization and had two stents placed for treatment of blocked arteries,” the University of Kansas Health System said last week.

He was released from hospital on Sunday evening and said he was delighted to join the team this week.

Assistant coach Norm Roberts acted as interim head coach during the Big 12 tournament and will do so again on Thursday.

Roberts provided an update on Self during Wednesday’s media availability.

“He’s fine today,” he said. “He was in training today, he was in training last night and at all our meetings. He’s fine, he’s improving all the time. We hope and everything is day to day with him, but if you ask our guys he got after them pretty well today so he was doing really well.”

“He’s resting and all that,” Roberts added. “Maybe he thinks I talk too much so he lets me talk more. But he’s back to rest at the moment. He’s fine though.

Self, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017, guided Kansas to two national championships and four Final Four appearances, including winning last season’s title game against North Carolina. .

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