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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.