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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. 14, 1987, guard Brian Smith's 26-foot three-pointer at the second-overtime buzzer gave the Golden Griffins a 78-76 win against rival Niagara. Smith's shot came after Niagara missed a pair of free throws with five seconds left. The game ball from that night is still in Canisius' trophy case inside the Koessler Athletic Center.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the three-point line, we reached out to all 344 D-I men's programs for their most significant shots. Illinois has a rich history of clutch threes, but none was bigger than Deron Williams' game-tying dagger that helped Illinois beat Arizona in the Elite Eight. We break it down from every angle
On March 9, 2009, Anthony "Humpty" Hitchens hit a three-pointer from the right baseline with 1.3 seconds left to send the game against Toledo into overtime in the opening round of the 2009 Mid-American Conference tournament. The Zips went on to win in overtime and would win four games in four days to earn their first NCAA tournament bid since 1986.