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Bill Self Dealing With Illness, Will Not Coach vs. West Virginia

The Kansas Jayhawks are set to take on Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament this afternoon but will have to do so without its head coach.

According to multiple reports, Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self will miss today’s Big 12 Tournament Game as he recovers from an illness. Assistant coach Norm Roberts will serve as the acting head coach in Self’s absence.

 

Kansas Basketball also confirmed that Self is doing well and is receiving care at the University of Kansas Health Systems.

The Kansas Jayhawks (25-6) are the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament and are the betting favorite to win it after winning the regular season Big 12 crown. However, missing a first-ballot Hall of Fame coach certainly is something that could derail KU’s chances.

Tip is scheduled for 2:00 PM CT on Thursday, with the Jayhawks currently favored by 4.0 points.

West Virginia comes into the contest after dismantling Texas Tech on Wednesday night, 78-62. The Red Raiders were without their head coach as well, although Mark Adams was suspended for racially insensitive comments and proceeded to step down as TTU’s head basketball coach after the game concluded.

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