Kansas’ Self (illness) to miss game vs. W. Virginia

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Bill Self, who led Kansas to the national title last season, will miss his team’s quarterfinal matchup against West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament on Thursday due to an illness, per a statement from the school.

The school’s statement did not disclose the details of the illness but said Self is recovering.

Assistant Norm Roberts will serve as interim coach.

“Self is doing well and receiving great care at the University of Kansas Health System,” the statement said.

Kansas, which owns more Quad I wins than any team in America, is positioned to possibly secure the No. 1 overall seed on Selection Sunday, which would ensure a path from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the first two rounds to nearby Kansas City in the regional and then Houston for the Final Four if it advances.

Kansas has experience this season without Self. The head coach served a four-game suspension, imposed by the school for his connection to an NCAA infractions case, at the start of the year and missed his team’s Champions Classic matchup against Duke. Kansas won that game, 69-64.

This season, Self led Kansas to the 17th Big 12 title of his tenure, which began with the 2003-04 season.

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