Illinois boys basketball playoff capsules

Class 4A Rock Island Regional

WHERE: Rock Island Fieldhouse

FIRST ROUND: No. 4 Pekin (10-17) vs. No. 5 United Township (5-21) -- today, 7 p.m.

SEMIFINALS: No. 1 Ottawa (24-1) vs. Pekin/United Township winner -- Tuesday, 7 p.m.; No. 2 Rock Island (17-8) vs. No. 3 Moline (16-13) -- Wednesday, 7 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Friday, 7 p.m.


NEED TO KNOW: The top two seeds in the Rock Island Regional both went unbeaten in conference play during the regular season. The top-seeded Ottawa Pirates, the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference champion, rides a school-record 21-game winning streak into the tournament. Second-seeded Rock Island, who went 10-0 in the Western Big Six, has four players who average double figures in scoring (Keenan Shorter, C.J. Carr, Tyler Hall and Trey Sigel) and has won eight of its last nine games. The Rocks have beaten semifinals foe Moline twice this season by a combined nine points. United Township will try for an upset of Pekin today in the first round. UT sophomore transfer Jerry Myles has played just four games with the Panthers but is averaging 17.5 points per game in his last two contests.

Class 3A Geneseo Regional

WHERE: Geneseo High School

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FIRST ROUND: No. 4 Geneseo vs. No. 5 Rock Island Alleman -- today, 7 p.m.

SEMIFINALS: No. 1 Galesburg vs. Geneseo/Alleman winner -- Tuesday, 7 p.m.; No. 2 Dunlap vs. No. 3 Canton -- Wednesday, 7 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Friday, 7 p.m.

NEED TO KNOW: First-round foes Geneseo (13-14) and Rock Island Alleman (5-18) met once in the regular season, with the Pioneers claiming a 68-51 win over the Maple Leafs on Jan. 11 at Don Morris Gym. That remains the most recent victory for Alleman, which has lost 10 straight games. Second-seeded Dunlap (18-12) finished with a winning record in the Mid-Illini Conference for the first time since joining the league in the 1998-99 season. Top seed Galesburg (21-10) lost four of its last six games but remains a strong contender to win the regional with a deep and talented backcourt led by junior Grant Gibson, who was the top scorer in the Western Big Six after averaging more than 20 points per game.

— Staff report

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