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Bill Self vs. the world: How Kansas coach tops all others in past decade

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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Bill Self has lorded over the Big 12 unlike any coach has in any major league -- ever. (USATSI)

I believe you and I will live out our days on the terra firma, enjoying our lives into the twilight, and will not see duplicated what Bill Self has just done. I don't think there will be a coach in a major college basketball conference who ticks off 10 consecutive regular-season championships in the next 60 years or so. I mean, it had never happened under one man until now, so why would it happen again so soon? It's amazing to consider.

Self locked up the 10th straight Big 12 title for Kansas with the team's 83-75 home win over Oklahoma Monday night. In the wake of that, plenty of perspective was doled out on the ridiculousness of this achievement.

To bot, no other league has a team/coach with a streak longer than three seasons. I'd like to add just a little more to the discussion.

How about this: From the other five major conferences alone, 31 coaches over the past nine seasons have one at least one regular-season title. The Big 12 has had Bill Self. To be fair, Self has shared the regular-season crown with Texas' Rick Barnes twice and Bruce Weber once. But still. A 31-to-1 difference. And we'll inevitably include this year's champions as well. At the current pace, if you want to add the AAC into it, the number will jump to 34 coaches over 10 years from the other major conferences vs. Self's fiefdom.

I've listed the history of the power leagues and who did what when, but first:

Big 12 winning percentage of House of Self since 2004-05: .846.
Composite major-conference winning percentage for all coaches not named Bill Self who won a regular season title since 2004-05: .824.

Average NCAA tournament seed for Bill Self at Kansas since 2004-05: 1.8.
Average composite NCAA tournament seed for all other major-conference regular season champions since 2004-05: 2.6.

Now let's look at who's won the power conferences over the past decade. And regarding the 2014 finish for Kansas and Florida, I'm using projected endings (per KenPom.com) and seeds per our Jerry Palm's forecast in his latest bracket.

BIG 12

  • Three coaches, three teams.
  • Most: Bill Self/Kansas (10).
  • Self Big 12 win percentage: .846.
  • Average NCAA tournament seed: 1.8.

2014: Bill Self (Kansas, 15-3, No. 2 seed)
2013: Bill Self (Kansas, 14-4, No. 1 seed); Bruce Weber (K-State, 14-4, No. 4 seed)
2012: Bill Self (Kansas, 16-2, No. 2 seed)
2011: Bill Self (Kansas, 14-2, No. 1 seed)
2010: Bill Self (Kansas, 15-1, No. 1 seed)
2009: Bill Self (Kansas, 14-2, No. 3 seed)
2008: Bill Self (Kansas, 13-3, No. 1 seed); Rick Barnes (Texas, 13-3, No. 2 seed)
2007: Bill Self (Kansas, 14-2, No. 1 seed)
2006: Bill Self (Kansas, 13-3, No. 4 seed); Rick Barnes (Texas, 13-3, No. 2 seed)
2005: Bill Self (Kansas, 12-4, No. 3 seed)

ACC

  • Five coaches, five teams.
  • Most: Roy Williams/UNC (six).
  • League win percentage of past nine ACC winners: .820.
  • Average ACC winner's NCAA tourney seed: 1.7.

2013: Jim Larranaga (Miami, 15-3, No. 2 seed)
2012: Roy Williams (UNC, 14-2, No. 1 seed)
2011: Roy Williams (UNC, 14-2, No. 2 seed)
2010: Mike Krzyzewski (Duke, 13-3, No. 1 seed); Gary Williams (Maryland, 13-3, No. 4 seed)
2009: Roy Williams (UNC, 13-3, No. 1 seed)
2008: Roy Williams (UNC, 14-2, No. 1 seed)
2007: Roy Williams (UNC, 11-5, No. 1 seed); Dave Leitao (Virginia, 11-5, No. 4 seed)
2006: Mike Krzyzewski (Duke, 14-2, No. 1 seed)
2005: Roy Williams (UNC, 14-2, No. 1 seed)

Big East

  • Eight coaches, eight teams.
  • Most: John Thompson III (three).
  • League win percentage of past nine Big East winners: .835.
  • Average Big East winner's NCAA tourney seed: 1.7.

2013: Rick Pitino (Louisville, 14-4, No. 1 seed); John Thompson III (Georgetown, 14-4, No. 2 seed); Buzz Williams (Marquette, 14-4, No. 3 seed)
2012: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse, 17-1, No. 1 seed)
2011: Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh, 15-3, No. 1 seed)
2010: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse, 15-3, No. 1 seed)
2009: Rick Pitino (Louisville, 16-2, No. 1 seed)
2008: John Thompson III (Georgetown, 15-3, No. 2 seed)
2007: John Thompson III (Georgetown, 13-3, No. 2 seed)
2006: Jim Calhoun (UConn, 14-2, No. 1 seed); Jay Wright (Villanova, 14-2, No. 1 seed)
2005: Jim Calhoun (UConn, 13-3, No. 2 seed); Al Skinner (Boston College, 13-3, No. 4 seed)

Big Ten

  • Six coaches, six teams.
  • Most: Thad Matta/Ohio State (five).
  • League win percentage of past nine Big Ten winners: .813.
  • Average Big Ten's winner's NCAA tourney seed: 1.8.

2013: Tom Crean (Indiana, 14-4, No. 1 seed)
2012: Tom Izzo (Michigan State, 13-5, No. 1 seed); Thad Matta (Ohio State, 13-5, No. 2 seed); John Beilein (Michigan, 13-5, No. 4 seed)
2011: Thad Matta (Ohio State, 16-2, No. 1 seed)
2010: Thad Matta (Ohio State, 14-4, No. 2 seed)
2009: Tom Izzo (Michigan State, 15-3, No. 2 seed)
2008: Bo Ryan (Wisconsin, 16-2, No. 3 seed)
2007: Thad Matta (Ohio State, 15-1, No. 1 seed)
2006: Thad Matta (Ohio State, 12-4, No. 2 seed)
2005: Bruce Weber (Illinois, 15-1, No. 1 seed)

SEC

  • Six coaches, four teams.
  • Most: Billy Donovan/Florida (four).
  • League win percentage of past nine SEC winners: .872.
  • Average SEC winner's NCAA tourney seed: 2.6.

2014: Billy Donovan (Florida, 18-0, No. 1 seed)
2013: Billy Donovan (Florida, 14-4, No. 3 seed)
2012: John Calipari (Kentucky, 16-0, No. 1 seed)
2011: Billy Donovan (Florida, 13-3, No. 2 seed)
2010: John Calipari (Kentucky, 14-2, No. 1 seed)
2009: Trent Johnson (LSU, 13-3, No. 8 seed)
2008: Bruce Pearl (Tennessee, 14-2, No. 2 seed)
2007: Billy Donovan (Florida, 13-3, No. 1 seed)
2006: John Brady (LSU, 14-2, No. 4 seed)
2005: Tubby Smith (Kentucky, 14-2, No. 2 seed)

Pac-12/Pac-10

  • Six coaches, five teams.
  • Most: Ben Howland/UCLA (four).
  • League win percentage of past nine Pac-12 winners: .805.
  • Average Pac-12 winner's NCAA tourney seed: 5.3 (including 2012 Washington).

2013: Ben Howland (UCLA, 13-5, No. 6 seed)
2012: Lorenzo Romar (Washington, 14-4, NIT)
2011: Sean Miller (Arizona, 14-4, No. 5 seed)
2010: Mike Montgomery (California, 13-5, No. 8 seed)
2009: Lorenzo Romar (Washington, 14-4, No. 4 seed)
2008: Ben Howland (UCLA, 16-2, No. 1 seed)
2007: Ben Howland (UCLA, 15-3, No. 2 seed)
2006: Ben Howland (UCLA, 14-4, No. 2 seed)
2005: Lute Olson (Arizona, 15-3, No. 3 seed)

UCLA holds the record -- under multiple coaches -- for the most league titles in a row, with 13. It seems improable -- yet not far-fetched -- that Self could match that. Any coach would take winning a national title over all other basketball achievements, but Self should be as proud of this streak (graduating players notwithstanding) over anything else he's ever done as a coach.

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