The Saints head into Jayhawk West Conference play after winning eight of their last nine games. Seward had the top record in the Region VI entering the final non-conference game of the season, and dropped to 12-2 with a 10 point loss against Lamar C.C. (65-55). Over the last 10 years the Saints have been one of the top programs in the Jayhawk West, winning two titles and finishing runner-up five times during that span. In the past two seasons the Saints havenít been as fortunate posting a 14-18 conference mark with two straight No. 7 western division seedings going into post-season play.

Seward County has showcased one of their most balanced teams in several years, with four players all averaging 13 or more points per game after the first 14 games of the season. The Saintsí frontcourt trio of Darko Cohadarevic (14.4 ppg., 8.3 rpg.), Ervin Williams (13.0 ppg., 6.5 rpg.) and Bryson Hampton (7.0 ppg., 6.7 rpg.) is combining for 53 percent of the teamís rebounding this season. Sophomore guard Nick Burns is having a standout season shooting 33-of-64 (52 percent) from long range and averaging 13.3 ppg.

Dodge City earned a share of the Jayhawk West title two seasons ago, and last year won the conference outright with a 12-4 record. The Conqs have a completely new squad this season after losing 82 percent of their scoring from a season ago, including the departure of three All-Region selections (Charlie Colley, Wade Knapp and Julius Perkins). Dodge City does have one of the top newcomers in the state of Kansas with Anthony Harris (20.5 ppg., 7.8 rpg.), who currently ranks third in the Region VI in scoring.