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College basketball beat writer Paul Klee had plenty to say about the UI coaching situation during his weekly appearance on WDWS.
For Illinois athletics director Mike Thomas, it appears to be on to the next one.
Sought-after coach Shaka Smart informed Illinois he will stay at VCU, a source confirmed today. The fansite Peegs.com reported on its Twitter account that Smart turned down an offer from Illinois.
Bruce Weber might make the jump back to SIU. In 2003, Illinois was looking to replace Bill Self after he bolted to Kansas ... and eventually turned to the SIU coach at the time: Weber. Here were our odds in the days leading up to the hire — compare them to today's odds here:
Just once, before this nation collapses into a swirling sea of unpaid entitlements, I'd like to see a basketball coach stand up on Oct. 1 and state:
"This season, regardless of the situation, our team will attempt to score at the first, best opportunity on every possession."
On Feb. 5, 2005, Kevin Jones Jr. capped an improbable comeback at UMKC by hitting a three-quarter-court buzzer-beater following a steal. In the previous play, David Inabnit hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 69 with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. Jones' play was named the Play of the Day by ESPN.
Alex Coles' buzzer-beater did in Lafayette 57-54 in double overtime on March 3, 1990, in the East Coast Conference quarterfinals. It was Coles' only three of the season.
Brendan Plavich hit 10 three-pointers at No. 7 Syracuse on Nov. 26, 2003, a school and Carrier Dome record. The spree lifted the 49ers to a 96-92 win, spoiling the Orange's championship-banner-raising game. It was the first time a defending national champ lost its home opener the following season.
ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK
Solomon Bozeman hit a game-winning three pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift UALR to a 64-63 victory against North Texas in the Sun Belt tournament championship game on March 8, 2011, at Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark. Bozeman's three gave UALR its first SBC tournament title and first NCAA tournament appearance since 1990.