Kansas Bill Self will miss Thursday’s tournament opener vs. Howard

Jeff BorzelloESPN staff writerRead for 1 minute

Kansas coach Bill Self will miss Thursday’s game against Howard as he continues to make good progress after a recent health issue, the school announced.

Self missed the Big 12 tournament after undergoing heart surgery last week. He arrived at the hospital on March 8 after complaining of chest tightness and balance problems. Self “underwent standard cardiac catheterization and had two stents placed for treatment of clogged arteries,” the University of Kansas Health System said last week.

He was released from hospital on Sunday evening and said he was delighted to rejoin the team this week.

Assistant coach Norm Roberts served as acting head coach during the Big 12 tournament and will do so again on Thursday.

Roberts provided an update on Self during Wednesday’s media availability.

“He’s doing well today,” he said. “He was training today, he was training last night and all our meetings. He is doing well, he is getting better. We are hopeful and everything is day to day with him, but if you see our guys, he was chasing them pretty well today, so he was doing really well.”

“He’s getting his rest and things like that,” Roberts added. “Maybe he thinks I talk too much, so he lets me talk more. But he’s back to rest now. He’s doing well though.

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017, Self has led Kansas to two national championships and four Final Four appearances, including last season’s victory over North Carolina.

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