Another NCAA Tournament, another epic failure for the Kansas basketball program and head coach Bill Self.
On Saturday, the Jayhawks fell to the Oregon Ducks in the Elite Eight, dropping Self’s record at Kansas to 2-7 in the tournament’s regional finals.
It was just the latest setback for Self and the Jayhawks, who have failed to deliver during March Madness despite winning the Big 12 Conference’s regular season championship for 13 straight years.
Following the loss, Self commented on the disappointment.
“They all stick with me, and they’ll stick with the players who’ve been part of it,” Self said, via ESPN.com.
“I’m disappointed more for them than I am for me. They put us in a situation to play for the highest stakes, and today we came up short. The one thing that did happen, and it’s hard to admit: The best team did win today. Today. I didn’t think we put our best foot forward like we have all season long.”
Kansas will now have to regroup and look to bounce back next season, despite the upcoming departures of a number of the team’s top players.
Oregon, meanwhile, will look to build off of its win over the Jayhawks when it faces the winner of UNC-Kentucky in the Final Four.