No. 9 Hutch vs No. 2 Coffeyville Tonight In Region 6 Semi-Final Showdown

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By Glen Grunwald

mbb020813An old postseason nemesis stands in the way of the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team and the Blue Dragons’ first appearance in the Region VI championship game since 1997.

The ninth-ranked Blue Dragons will face the second-ranked Coffeyville Red Ravens in the second Region VI Tournament semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Hartman Arena in Park City. Jayhawk West champion Seward County and No. 23 Barton will meet in the first semifinal.

The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister station KWBW-AM (1450) beginning at 7:20 p.m. The Blue Dragon Sports Network will provide a live videostream and audio-only stream beginning at 7:20 p.m.

Coffeyville ended Hutchinson’s postseason chances in 3 of the last 5 seasons, including semifinal meetings in Blue Dragon head coach Steve Eck’s first two seasons at Hutchinson.

The Blue Dragons will be making their 41st Region VI Tournament semifinal appearance, sixth against Coffeyville.

Hutchinson, which won its first 24 games and spent four weeks at No. 1 in the NJCAA Men’s Division I basketball poll, has advanced to the regional semifinal round with home victories over Northwest Kansas Tech and Cloud County.

Coffeyville, riding a 25-game winning streak, knocked off both Garden City and Butler to advance to the semis.

The Blue Dragons are trying to win Region VI for the first time since 1997. The Red Ravens have won Region VI six time since 2002.

GAME 33 – Region VI Tournament Semifinals
No. 9 Hutchinson (29-3) vs. No. 2 Coffeyville (31-1)
Date: Friday, March 8, 2013
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Hartman Arena, Park City, KS (Capacity: 5,000)
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM (1450) – Glen Grunwald (PBP); Rusty Hilst (Analysis), 7:20 p.m.
Internet Video, Audio, Live Stats:  www.bluedragonsports.com, 7:20 p.m.
Twitter: @bluedragonsport
Tickets: $10

Blue Dragon history in Region VI Tournament
Eighteen Region VI championships turned into 16 appearances in the NJCAA Tournament and two junior college national championships for the Blue Dragons.

Since the regional system was instituted by the NJCAA in 1954, the Blue Dragons are a staggering 118-43 in regional play.

This is HCC’s 57th Region VI appearance, missing only the 1989 and 1991 tournaments.

The last Region VI championship for the Blue Dragons came in 1997, which was also the last time that Hutchinson was in the regional championship game.

In 2010, the Blue Dragons ended a five-year drought of semifinal appearances and have advanced that far in Steve Eck’s first two seasons at the helm.

HCC has played Independence 18 times in Region VI games, the most of any regional opponent. Cowley College has played the Blue Dragons 17 times and Dodge City 16 times.

This will be the 13th Region VI meeting between Hutchinson and Coffeyville, the first since the 2011 semifinals. Hutchinson is 8-4 in Region VI meetings vs. the Red Ravens, who have won the last four postseason meetings. HCC’s last win vs. Coffeyville in Region VI was the 1992 opening round.

Hutchinson’s Region VI semifinal record is 24-16.

Blue Dragons No. 2 in NJCAA in all-time wins
With their 76-64 victory over Mesa Community College on Nov. 3, the Blue Dragons reached 1,600 wins in their illustrious history.

The Blue Dragons are 1,626-559, a winning percentage of .744 in their 81st season of men’s basketball.

The Blue Dragons trail only Southeastern Iowa in all-time wins. Southeastern Iowa.

HCC played its 2,100th game on Dec. 4, 2010 vs. Harcum College.

With their 76-69 victory over Seward County on Jan. 3, 2010, the Blue Dragons moved past Moberly Area Community College for second place on the NJCAA all-time wins list.

With a 79-53 victory over Labette on Nov. 1, 2008, the Blue Dragons became only the third NJCAA program to post 1,500 victories. Win No. 1,400 came on Feb. 9, 2004 at Butler.

Blue Dragons in national poll
The Blue Dragons dropped four spots to No. 9 this week after a two-point road loss to the Jayhawk West champion Seward County Saints last Wednesday.

Since falling from the No. 1 spot on Feb. 12, HCC has gone from No. 4, to No. 5 and now to No. 5.

Before Jan. 15, when the Blue Dragons reached No. 1 in the NJCAA poll, the last time HCC was ranked No. 1 was in 2010-11. That team held the top spot for two weeks.

Before that, the last time that Hutchinson was ranked No. 1 in a regular season poll was on Jan. 7, 1992. The Blue Dragons – the starting point guard on that team was current HCC women’s coach John Ontjes – started that season 15-0 and spent one week in the nation’s top spot before getting bumped off. That team finished 22-7 and was Region VI runner-up.

The latest No. 1 national ranking is only the fourth since 1975 for the Blue Dragon men. The 1974-75 Blue Dragons, coached by Dick Gisel, started their season 24-0. That Blue Dragon team finished 32-3, won the Jayhawk West and Region VI crowns and finished eighth in the 1975 NJCAA Tournament.

HCC has now been ranked in 16 consecutive NJCAA polls, dating back to last season.

Blue Dragons breaks record for home victories
The 2012-13 Blue Dragons broke the program record for home wins in a season when the Blue Dragons defeated Cloud County 82-64 in the quarterfinal round of the Region VI Tournament on Tuesday.

That victory was the 22nd at the Sports Arena, which broke the 2003-04 Blue Dragons for the team record.

The 2012-13 Blue Dragons became only the fourth HCC team to post a 20-win season. The 1995-96 and 1991-92 Blue Dragon teams both reached 20 victories in their respective seasons.

HCC is 22-1 at the Sports Arena this season.

2012-13 Blue Dragons reach Top 10 in wins
With 29 victories this season, the 2012-13 Blue Dragons are now tied with six other teams in Blue Dragon history for all-time season wins.

Currently 29-3, the 2012-13 Blue Dragons are tied with the 1972-73, 1982-83, 1989-90, 1992-93 and 1994-95 teams for the sixth most wins..

A victory in the Region VI semifinals would move this team within one win of fourth place.

The 1987-88 national champion Blue Dragons have the record with 37 victories. The 1993-94 national champion Blue Dragons are second with 35. There have been only five 30-win teams in Blue Dragon history. The 1974-75 Region VI champions win 32, while the 1985-86 Region VI champion Dragons and 2003-04 Jayhawk West champion Blue Dragons won 31.

About the 2012-13 Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons finished the regular season as the Jayhawk West’s No. 1 scoring offense and top shooting team. HCC averaged 81.3 points per game, shooting 47.7 percent overall and 32.6 percent from 3-point range. The Blue Dragons had a league-low 106 3-pointers this season. HCC is the No. 1 free-throw shooting team in the league at 68.4 percent.

+ Defensively, the Blue Dragons ranked last in scoring  defense at 68.5 points per game. Opponents are shooting 39.7 percent (fourth in the league) and led the Jayhawk West in 3-point defense at 28.2 percent.

+ HCC completed the 2013 Jayhawk West season averaging 77.3 points, shooting 45.8 percent overall. The Blue Dragons didn’t utilize the 3-point shot as much in conference play. Shooting 29.9 percent, the Dragons are just 49 of 164 from distance in league play. Defensively, HCC allowed 68.3 points, 39.5 percent field-goal shooting and 26.0 percent from 3-point range.

+ Freshman guard Kadeem Allen posted eight 20-point games and two 30-point games in conference play. Overall, he tied for second in the Jayhawk West in scoring at 17.6 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games played this season, averaging 19.4 points per game in Jayhawk West games. Allen is shooting 44.1 percent, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 72.1 percent from the foul line. Allen also has team highs of 116 assists and 77 steals. Allen wound up leading the Jayhawk West in steals at 2.56 per game and was eighth in assists at 3.86 per game.

+ Sophomore guard A.J. Spencer is second in scoring at 15.0 points per game, which was sixth in the Jayhawk West. Spencer ranked third in field-goal percentage at 59.9 percent, while leading the West at the free-throw line (80.8 percent). Spencer averaged 15.4 points in conference play, shooting 59.1 percent. The sophomore is averaging 5.9 rebounds per game.

+ Sophomore forward Alex Davis comes off games of 27 and 21 points in the first two rounds. He averages 13.7 points per game with a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game. Davis was 10th in the Jayhawk West in scoring and sixth in rebounding. Davis is shooting 47.8 percent from the field.  Davis leads the Jayhawk West in blocked shots at 2.87 rejections per game and is the HCC career blocked shots record with 153.

+ Sophomore point guard D’von Campbell returned to the line-up 11 games ago after missing six in a row because of injury. Campbell is averaging 12.1 points and 3.96 assists. He was fourth in the league in assists. Campbell had a career-high-tying 21 points and four 3-pointers against Colby and followed that with 16 against Cloud County.

+ Sophomore Rozell Nunn is averaging 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Slumping lately, Nunn is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 73.5 percent from the foul line. Nunn has 93 assists and 30 steals.

+ The Blue Dragon bench is averaging 16.7 points for the season. Freshman Tafari Whittingham is the leading scorer off the bench at 7.3 points per game, shooting 49.7 percent. Sophomore Dre Henley is averaging 5.7 points, shooting 51.9 percent.

+ The Blue Dragons have out-rebounded 18 of 32 opponents this season. HCC is plus 1.4 in rebounding advantage, pulling down 40.4 boards per game. The Blue Dragons are averaging 13.3 offensive rebounds per game.

+ The Blue Dragons average 17.5 assists per game and 9.0 steals.

+ Against Northwest Tech, the 2012-13 Blue Dragons broke the program record for total blocked shots with 174.

+ Hutchinson averages 15.0 turnovers and forces opponents into 18.2 turnovers per game. The Blue Dragons had a season-low six turnovers vs. Garden City on Feb. 6.

+ HCC is 22-1 at the Sports Arena this season, averaging 83.2 points per game.

+ HCC is 7-2 on the road this season, averaging 78.5 points per game.

Scouting Coffeyville
+ Jay Herkelman, the dean of Jayhawk Conference coaches who is in his 18th year, has a team riding a 25-game winning streak entering the Region VI semifinals. The Red Ravens ran the table in the Jayhawk East at 18-0. The only team to defeat Coffeyville Carl Albert State on Nov. 20 at Coffeyville.

+ Coffeyville is averaging 76.8 points per game offensively. The Red Ravens are shooting 43.2 percent, including 34.9 percent from 3-point range. Coffeyville has 237 makes (7.4 makes per game). The Ravens are 67.3 percent from the foul line.

+ Defensively, Coffeyville allows a solid 60.1 points per game. Opposing teams are shooting 39.4 percent oerall and 30.0 percent from 3-point range.

+ The 3-point shot is very much a part of the Ravens’ game. Four players have at least 48 3-pointers. Travis Britt has a team-high 60, shooting 37.7 percent. Earl Peterson has 53 and shoots 41.4 percent. Cameron Craig has 49, shooting 34.5 percent. Mike Martin has 48 makes at 36.1 percent.

+ Coffeyville’s leading scorer is former Montel James, who is averaging 17.4 points per game while shooting 54.9 percent and 64 percent from the foul line. James also averages 8.9 rebounds and he has 40 steals and a team-high 32 blocked shots.

+ Peterson is second in scoring at 12.3 points per game.

+ Craig, the point guard, averages 9.6 points and 3.84 assists per game.

+ Britt averages 8.6 points per game. Martin averages 7.6 and Alexander averages 6.3 points per contest.

+ The Ravens average 40.0 rebounds per game and are a plus-4.5 in rebounding margin. They average 14.8 offensive rebounds per game.

+ Coffeyville averages 14.8 assists, 10.3 steals and 3.8 blocks per game.

+ The Ravens force a Region VI-best 25.4 turnovers per game with their constant full-court pressure. They average 15.8 turnovers per game.

Series history against Coffeyville
This will be the 39th meeting between Hutchinson and Coffeyville in a series that began in 1929.

The Blue Dragons have a 23-15 all-time record against the Red Ravens.

HCC is 6-3 all-time against Coffeyville in games played in Hutchinson, including 4-0 at the Sports Arena. They are 6-7 vs. the Ravens at Coffeyville.

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