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Charles Barkley: Bill Self Is Underrated Among College Basketball's Top Coaches

Two of college basketball's premier coaches are set to face off in the second Final Four game this evening.

Villanova's Jay Wright and Kansas' Bill Self are, clearly, two of the top coaches in the country.

Turner Sports analyst Charles Barkley thinks one of them is really underrated, though. He doesn't think Self gets the credit he deserves.


It’s not that Self hasn’t been recognized for his achievements. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September. But Barkley, never one to shy away from sharing his opinion, respects the way he coaches and is amazed at all of his success.

“As great of a coach as (Kentucky’s John) Calipari is, he’s not as consistent as Self has been,” Barkley said. “What he’s accomplished is incredible. They’re both great coaches, but I just don’t think (Self) gets the credit he deserves.”

Barkley said he doesn’t know Self well, but he’s a fan of the way he talks to players without sugarcoating anything. Self called the Jayhawks “soft” after a couple of losses this season.


“It’s like, ‘Oh, he’s only won one national championship.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, a lot of coaches never won a championship,’ ” Barkley said. “Winning that many (conference) championships in a row is incredible, I mean flat out incredible.”

Self and Kansas are set to tip off against Villanova at roughly 8:49 p.m. E.T. The game is going to be televised on TBS.