NCAA Championship 2012: Bill Self Named 2012 Naismith Coach Of The Year

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self was named the 2012 Naismith National Coach of the Year on Sunday, one day before the NCAA Tournament Championship Game against the Kentucky Wildcats. He beat out Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Missouri's Frank Haith, and the Wildcats' John Calipari for the award.

"This is a terrific honor. When you think of postseason awards, anything that has (James) Nasmith's name in front of it is a huge award and certainly I'm very proud of this," Self said. "It is a reflection of how our team performed all year long. There are so many good coaches out there to choose from, but I am honored they picked me."

The Jayhawks are 32-6 on the year and arguably playing their best ball of the season at the moment. They defeated the likes of the 1-seed North Carolina Tar Heels and 2-seed Ohio St. Buckeyes to advance to the championship game despite being a popular upset pick to start the tournament.

For more on Self and the Jayhawks, head over to the SB Nation blog Rock Chalk Talk. For more on the Wildcats, check out A Sea of Blue. For more updates on tonight's championship game throughout the day, keep it tuned to this StoryStream.

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