DRAGONS TAKE AIM AT WEST LEAD SATURDAY VS. SEWARD

Chris Giles and the No. 13 Blue Dragons take on No. 15 Seward County at 7:30 p.m. today at the Sports Arena for the 8th Annual Blue Dragon Pink-Out Night. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Chris Giles and the No. 13 Blue Dragons take on No. 15 Seward County at 7:30 p.m. today at the Sports Arena for the 8th Annual Blue Dragon Pink-Out Night. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Information Box

BLUE DRAGON MEN'S BASKETBALL

No. 13 Hutchinson (18-4, 9-4) vs. No. 15 Seward Co. (17-5, 10-3)

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Where: Sam Butterfield Court, Hutchinson Sports Arena
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
Live Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9); KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5), 7:20 p.m.
Live Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 7:20 p.m.
Live Stats: BlueDragonSports.com
Twitter: @bluedragonsport
Game Sponsor: Midwest Superstore
Promotion: 8th Annual Blue Dragon Pink-Out Night

Blue Dragon Sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team dodged a bullet on Wednesday night.

The Blue Dragons let a 17-point first-half lead slip away and Hutchinson fell to Barton 102-87 in Great Bend, which should have dealt the Dragons' Jayhawk West title chances a serious blow. About 30 minutes after the conclusion of Hutch's game, the Blue Dragons founded out that Northwest Tech upset first-place Seward County and Hutch remained just one game out of first place.

Now No. 13 Hutchinson goes after a first-place conference tie on Saturday when No. 15 Seward County comes to the Sports Arena for a 7:30 p.m. matchup in the first of two matchups this season.

The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) with Glen Grunwald (play-by-play) and Rusty Hilst (analysis) calling the action beginning at 7:20 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Blue Dragon Sports Network at 7:20 p.m.

Saturday is also the eighth-annual Blue Dragon Pink-Out Night sponsored by Midwest Superstore.

Wednesday's results have the top of the Jayhawk West a jumbled mess with four teams within two games of each other with eight games remaining.

Seward County (17-5) leads the league at 10-3, followed by the Blue Dragons (18-4) at 9-4, Barton at 8-4 and Colby at 8-5.

The Blue Dragons shot 57 percent in Wednesday's game at Barton, but 18 turnovers, the fact that Hutch was out-rebounded for the fourth time in five games and that Barton bombed away for 10 3-pointers all led to the Blue Dragons' three-game winning streak getting snapped.

Hutchinson's potent offense will have to contend with the Jayhawk Conference's No. 1 defense in Seward County. The Saints are No. 1 in the KJCCC in scoring defense at 64.9 points per game. The Saints are allowing 39.9 percent overall shooting and 29.1 percent from 3-point range.

Seward County looks for its first win since 2014 over the Blue Dragons at the Sports Arena and will try to snap a seven-game overall losing streak to Hutchinson. The Saints started the conference season at 9-1, but have dropped 2 of the last 3 games. Seward County, however, owns a 17-point victory over Barton on Jan. 26.

The Blue Dragons remain just two victories shy of becoming the first NJCAA Division I program with 1,800 all-time wins.

Saturday will be the 105th all-time meeting between Hutchinson and Seward County.

Saturday is the first of two-straight home games for the Blue Dragons. Northwest Tech comes to the Sports Arena on Wednesday.