Rothstein: Louisville, Damyean Dotson And 16 Reasons To Love The Sweet 16Louisville's press, Damyean Dotson's upside and Denzel Valentine's versatility are just three of the many reasons to love the Sweet 16.
Wisch: One Year After Hire, Illini Enjoying A Groce ProfitIt turned out that the Illini – and, most significantly, athletic director Mike Thomas – were indeed lucky. And in the end, that was good.
Bernstein: Upsets Not What They Used To BeDespite the popularity of the clichéd, post-victory cry, nobody really “shocks the world.”
Michigan Breezes Through VCU Press In 78-53 WinMitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 1994.
Wisch: The Truth About Illinois FootballAnd this deeper dilemma affecting U. of I. athletics is so discouraging that after reading this column, you very well may be driven to drink yourself.
Wisch: Illini Coaching Search Has Fans Feeling the ’PaignBut because Thomas went after coaches that he – as well as the vast majority of other ADs in the country – couldn’t get, he ended up badly embarrassing Illinois. Twice. And, in turn, Thomas, along with more than a little help from the Illinois trustees and administration, has succeeded in making a very good coaching job look like a radioactive one.
Report: Illini Reach Out To Brad Stevens Illinois has reportedly reached out to Brad Stevens about its head coaching vacancy and its interest in the Butler head coach is "high".
Wisch: In Illini Coaching Search, Nothing Is SimpleTwelve years ago, after Lon Kruger bolted Champaign for NBA riches in Atlanta, it appeared that Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther had his successor in hand.
Hoge: With Shaka Smart Out, Who Does Illinois Turn To Now?Thomas' latest rejection has left him in a tough spot. Other candidates now know how much money Illinois is willing to spend.
Shaka Smart Turns Down IlliniVCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois' offer to become the next Illini men's basketball coach.
VA Radio Host: Smart May Not Want Hassle Of Illinois Will Shaka Smart leave his post at VCU to join Illini Nation?
Latest: Shaka Smart WatchUp to the minute developments on the Illinois-Shaka Smart discussions.
Report: Shaka Smart Leaning Towards Staying At VCUUnless something "drastic" changes in the next day, it appears Shaka Smart will reportedly stay at VCU instead of taking the Illinois job.
Sources: Smart Has Offer From Illini; Smith Meets With ThomasSources close to Simeon head coach Robert Smith say he has been in Champaign having conversations with Thomas about an assistant job.
Report: Illinois Determined To Hire Shaka Smart As Illinois continues its search for a new head coach, new athletic director Mike Thomas is after one guy.