You can always count on Chainsaw to cut through the hype. He's probably right, of course, but at least he and the rest of the Stylin' Illini know what matters. Perfection may be the goal, but they can still make history without it.
A Game of Three-Coach Monte
NO SCENARIO for the Final Four in St. Louis would be more delicious than one that includes this week's three highest-ranked teams, Illinois (No. 1), North Carolina (No. 2) and Kansas (No. 3). Two years ago these storied programs were partnered in a frantic hiring dance that began with the resignation of Tar Heels coach Matt Doherty. When the music stopped, Roy Williams had forsaken Kansas for his alma mater, North Carolina; Bill Self had left Illinois for Kansas; and Bruce Weber had moved from Southern Illinois to fill the vacancy at Champaign. Here's a rundown of some of the major and not-so-major developments that have occurred at the three schools since then.
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