Rock Island: G: C.J. Carr, 5-6, Jr. (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Brian Richardson, 6-0, Sr. (12.0, 3.2), Trey Sigel, 6-1, Jr. (9.5, 2.9); F: Rob Johnson, 6-2, Sr. (5.4, 4.5), Keenan Shorter, 6-3, Jr. (8.8, 3.0) or Bryce Jones, 6-1, Sr. (5.2, 3.2).
Why watch: It's a matchup of holiday tournament runners-up, Moline at DeKalb and Rock Island at the State Farm Classic in Normal. Both have won five of six since the Genesis Shootout. ... Both have injury issues with key players. For Moline, sophomore forward Mitch Reeves (4.0 ppg, 3.8 ppg) rolled an ankle during the Christmas weekend just after making his first varsity starts at the DeKalb Tourney. Coach Jeff Schimmel says he's been practice at about 80 percent "so we still don't know if he will be able to go." For Rock Island, senior center Raahsaan Brown (11.2 ppg, 5.1 ppg) badly sprained an ankle in the title game at Normal against North Chicago. He didn't play in last Saturday's win over Sterling. RI coach Thom Sigel lists him as questionable for the weekend. ... This will be the Rocks' first Western Big 6 home game after three conference road games. "With a loss already, we need to defend the home court," Sigel said. "Moline is playing well. We will have to be ready to play and have guys step up and do their jobs." Schimmel's approach to RI's first WB6 game at home: "We have some young guys playing in their first WB6 game. We are playing with a little more confidence, but we know what we are up against in a state-ranked (7th in 4A) Rocky team."
Moline coach Schimmel: "Regardless of what defense we play, we need to try and contain Rocky in transition and not allow them to get second and third opportunities. We need to value possessions and take care of the ball against Rocky's pressure defense."
RI coach Sigel: "We have played a lot of teams that have been bigger than we are, so I hope that we have learned to adapt. If Brown can't go, that will be a challenge for us. We will try to do what we have focused on all year -- play good team defense and move the ball to get good shots."
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.