Seward County secured the No. 1 seed in the Jayhawk West Conference and at least a share of the conference title with a dominating 97-86 victory over Pratt Community College on Wednesday night. A Saints’ victory over Colby would earn SCCC an outright conference championship with a 13-3 league record, A Seward County loss and a Hutchinson victory over Cloud County, would mean the Saints and Blue Dragons would share the conference crown. The Saints have put themselves in great position winning 11 of their last 12 games, which includes five games on the road. The Saints hit on all cylinders on Wednesday night against Pratt shooting 56 percent from the field in the first half, and with seven players scoring in double figures while not one Saints’ player played in more than 29 minutes.

Since 2000-2001, Seward County owns a narrow 8-7 lead in the overall series against the Trojans, although the Saints have won the last four meetings. Colby has dominated the Saints at the Colby Community Building with a 5-2 series lead. The Saints own a 6-2 record against Colby at the Green House. SCCC has won the last two meetings by an average of 36 points per game.

Colby has struggled in the Jayhawk West Conference with a 3-12 conference record. The Trojans started the conference slate with back-to-back wins over Garden City and Pratt, but have since lost 12 of their last 13 conference games. Two of Colby’s most prolific scorers, Mike Boyd (18.8 ppg.) and Koance Davis (17.2 ppg.), were not in uniform against the Saints in the first meeting on Jan. 30, and neither has played for Colby during the last three games where the Trojans are 0-3 and have lost by an average of 28 points per game. Colby has the potential to score from the perimeter with three players that have made over 40 threes this season. In addition, 11 of Colby’s 12 players on their roster are freshmen this season.