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Shaka: No thanks, Illinois

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 reported on its Twitter account that Smart turned down an offer from Illinois.

Why not Buzz Williams?

Al from Milwaukee made a pretty good case for Buzz Williams as the Illini's next coach during Monday's radio show. Listen here and read about Buzz's odds here

Memory Lane: In '03 ...

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:

Tate: Stalling leads to losing

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."

Three-point project: Missouri Valley


Three-point project: MAC


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.

Three-point project: Big East


Three-point project: Horizon League


Three-point project: Big South


On Dec. 4, 1993, Scott Neely hit a three-pointer from the left corner with 41 seconds left to give the Camels the lead for good in a 72-69 overtime win at North Carolina State, marking Campbell's first win against an ACC school.


Three-point project: MAAC


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.