Bill Self Jan 31, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self prior to a game Kansas State Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks took care of business in their first-round matchup against the Howard Bisons on Thursday. And the West region’s top-ranked seed did so without head coach Bill Self on the sideline, as he recovers from a health issue that forced him to miss the Big 12 conference tournament.

Self is still not ready to return to coaching, as Stadium hoops insider Jeff Goodman reported Saturday morning that the legendary coach will miss today’s game against Arkansas. Though, before its second-round matchup against the Razorbacks, Kansas went through practice with the 60-year-old coaching veteran.

Self, who has been the head coach at Kansas since 2003, went to the hospital last week, complaining of chest tightness and balance concerns, according to ESPN. Self underwent a heart catheterization and had two stents placed for the treatment of blocked arteries before ultimately being discharged.

The Jayhawks are operating on a day-to-day basis with Self. Though, they’re focused on the task at hand — Arkansas — before they start looking ahead to whether Self will be able to return for the Sweet Sixteen. In the meantime, assistant coach Norm Roberts has stepped up to the plate and served as Kansas’ interim coach for the past four games.

“It’s a day-to-day situation with him … We will see what happens,” Roberts said via ESPN.

We’ll have to see if Bill Self returns to the sidelines if Kansas can hold off an Arkansas upset later today.

[Jeff Goodman, ESPN]

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