He flapped his arms, barked at officials, tore into his players and flashed his many ferocious faces throughout the game.
KU has won 21 consecutive conference openers dating to 1991-92.
When Kansas University center Jeff Withey received a pass from teammate Elijah Johnson on the baseline midway through the second half, three words from assistant coach Kurtis Townsend rattled through his head.
All week in practice, the end-of-the-bench guys on the Kansas University basketball team followed instructions to prepare for the much-anticipated game against rival Kansas State.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 67-49 victory over Kansas State on Jan. 4, 2012.
Travis Releford posted his first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Kansas men's basketball team to a 67-49 victory over No. 23 Kansas State on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU held KSU to 32-percent shooting (18 of 57) while also limiting two of the Wildcats' greatest strengths: offensive rebounds and free throws.
KSU finished with just 12 offensive boards — its second-lowest total this season — and a 16 free throws — a season low.
Thomas Robinson added his own double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor notched 13 points to go with three assists and eight turnovers.
KU (11-3) will play at Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Saturday.