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 Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Some excitement was created in our corn market today by two new buyers who ran the price up to 62 cents per bushel. 1888 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Connelly sold the Johnson property at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 15th St. to A.C. Schafer for $1,800. 1913 -- 100 years ago: O.W. Billings and George P. Herzog have opened a new ready-to-wear shop at 1611-13 2nd Ave. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Farmers in this section of Illinois are preparing to seal part of their 1938 corn crop and receive government loans on it up to 57 cents per bushel, depending on the quality and storage conditions. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dohrn Transfer Co. is displaying its new general headquarters for its nine-state operations at 4016 9th St., Rock Island, today to its employees and tomorrow to its customers. 1988 -- 25 years ago: In 30 minutes under a Tuesday afternoon sun at the Kmart store in Moline, millionaire columnist Percy Ross raised $1,400 for the Salvation Army.