The Path to No. 1

Earning a top seed in the NCAA Tournament is hard. Unless of course, you’re Bill Self. Since arriving at Kansas in 2003, Self has made earning a number 1 seed look easy.

After starting his KU career with a 4 seed, a 3 seed and a 4 seed, Self has managed to get the Jayhawks to the top line on 8 different occasions in 16 seasons. That’s the most of any other programs during that time period.

 It all started with back-to-back number 1’s in 2007 and 2008. Self did it again in 2010 and 2011. After a top seed in 2013, he added three in a row from 2016-2018.

As a number 1, Self has managed to win one national title and advanced to 1 national semifinal, four elite 8’s, 1 sweet 16 and 1 second round. In that time, he’s won 19 NCAA Tournament games.

This season, the Jayhawks are once again on pace to become a number 1 seed. In fact, there’s a chance the squad will be the tournament’s overall number 1. If that happens, expect the Jayhawks to land in Omaha week 1 with a chance to advance to either Indianapolis or Houston week 2 and, of course, the possibility to head to Atlanta for the final four. KU and its fans should be well versed in travelling to those sites. The Hawks visited Omaha in 2015 and 2018, spent a weekend in Indianapolis in 2009 and advanced to the 2002 National Title game in Georgia.