NCAAs bring together Illini coaches present, past -

NCAAs bring together Illini coaches present, past

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- There's no doubt in Bruce Weber's mind that the NCAA tournament bracket his Illinois team shares with UNLV and Kansas is no accident.

The drama of pairing up Illinois against potentially two of its former coaches would be too much for tournament organizers to resist.

The Illini (19-13) face UNLV (24-8) and former coach Lon Kruger Friday. If they win they'd likely meet Kansas and Weber predecessor Bill Self.

Weber says he's known Kruger for years and the two men have nothing bad to say about each other. Weber calls Kruger a solid person.

But Weber won't say much about Self. The Kansas coach is the guy disgruntled Illinois fans most often compare him to.

Kruger calls his time in Illinois history. He doubts his players know he coached there.

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