Source: Illini target Shaka Smart

Updated: March 20, 2012, 12:11 PM ET

Illinois has targeted VCU's Shaka Smart as its top choice to replace Bruce Weber, a source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com.

Smart's Rams lost to Indiana on Saturday, ending their season in the round of 32. VCU became just the third No. 11 seed in NCAA tournament history to make it to the Final Four in 2011, after which Smart signed an eight-year extension.

The Illini did not make the NCAA tournament this season, and it cost Weber his job.

The 34-year-old ...

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