Seward County moved back into a tie for first-place in the Jayhawk West after picking up a 60-52 victory over Garden City on Saturday night at the Green House. Hutchinson, meanwhile, was blown out at Barton County (97-75) to give the Saints and Blue Dragons an 11-3 conference record with two regular season games remaining. The Saints remain one of the hottest teams in the Region VI, having now won 10 of their last 11 games over the last six weeks. If the Saints remain tied for the top spot they will own the tie breaker over Hutchinson for the No. 1 seed in the Jayhawk West, due to a season sweep over third-place Cloud County. The T-Birds won their first meeting against Hutchinson in Concordia, and the two teams will meet again in their season finales at the Sports Arena on Mar. 2.

Since 2000-2001, Seward County leads the overall series verses Pratt, 11-4. The Saints have won six of the last seven meetings at the Beaver Dome, including a six-game streak from 2001-2006. Last season Pratt broke the Saintsí streak on their home court with an 88-84 victory. The Saints have a 5-3 lead at the Green House while the Beavers have won three of the last five games overall.

Pratt has lost five of its last six games overall, including a current three-game losing streak. The Beavers have suffered five of their 10 conference losses by six points or less. Pratt has also been familiar with games heading into overtime with a 1-3 record this season in games going past the 40 minutes of regulation. The Beavers are led by returning sophomore Alex Rivas, who currently is leading the Region VI in rebounds per game (12.1) and blocks per game (3.6). Rivasí 198 career blocks rank in the top five all-time in Region VI history for career blocked shots. A familiar face to the Saintsí program, Carlin Whitten, is the leading scorer this season for the PCC averaging 14.7 points per game. Whitten, who played for the Saints in 2005-06, is also among Pratt leaders averaging 8.5 rebounds per game.