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
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.