Jacksonville (17-8) at Quincy boys (15-7)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Blue Devil Gym
ESPN 1440 AM
Scouting the Crimsons: No lineup the Blue Devils have faced this season presents as physical a challenge as the Crimsons' starting five. Jacksonville rolls out four players standing 6-foot-4 or 6-5, including forwards Dalton Keene and Blake Hance who are D-I football recruits. Keene signed with Illinois State to play tight end or defensive end, while Hance has scholarship offers from North Carolina State and Missouri.
Josh Peak, the 6-5 senior forward and nephew of Jacksonville scoring great Andy Kaufmann, leads the Crimsons at 15.7 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Central State Eight Conference. Peak shoots 62.6 percent from the field, while Hance knocks down 61.1 percent of his field goals.
Needing bench support: With Cole Abbey, Quincy's second-leading scorer and most explosive player attacking the rim, suspended, the Blue Devils need to find scoring from other sources. That means the bench needs to provide more of a spark that is has been. In the first six Western Big Six Conference games, Quincy's bench averaged six points. Against Galesburg, however, Abbey came off the bench to score 14 points. That production is now gone.
The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 77-13.
-- Matt Schuckman