CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Buffalo, riding a 13-1 record and a high state ranking, has almost everything you need to make a run at a Class A basketball championship.
The Bison has plenty of solid shooters, several proficient from 3-point range, good team speed, enough depth to play a lot of trapping full-court defense and decent ball-handling to ignite the fast break.
One thing Buffalo lacks, however, is height. And that could be a tall order once the Bison starts knocking heads with other Class A contenders.
The tallest player on the Bisons' roster is 6-foot-1 - forwards Dylan Rich, Bradley Harris, Aaron Lewis and Gabe Garrison, among the regulars, all measure up at that height.
"We play a perimeter game,'' said Buffalo coach Chuck Elkins, "but Harris and Rich do a good job rebounding inside for us. They jump a whole lot better than they look.''
The team's top scorer, 6-foot senior Levi Jordan, realizes that his team comes up short on the tape measure, but not in effort.
"I'd say our biggest flaw is our height,'' Jordan said. "Our post guys work to death down there, though.''
Buffalo hopes it can shoot its way out of any predicaments that arise, especially with players like Laythen Good and Jordan, who combined to go 7 of 15 from 3-point range in Tuesday's win against Fayetteville.
Jordan leads the Bison in scoring at 16.9 points per game, while Good carries a 15.6 average.
Elkins expects future opponents to clamp down on the outside shooting of Jordan and Good and force the smaller Bison to beat them inside.
"I know what they're going to try to take away,'' Elkins said. "They're going to try and take away the perimeter shooting - Levi and Laythen on the perimeter. That's pretty obvious. Then again, I think with [Harris and Rich], and [Lewis] is starting to play a little better, we're going to score inside.
"I think we've got threats at every spot. They're not going to completely shut down all four of them. The only spot not getting a lot of points right now is from the point guard - Isaiah [Robinson] and Jordan [Fletcher], but that could happen at any time, and Isaiah's doing a great job of getting everybody involved.''
The key could be Jordan, a four-year regular who has been the team's go-to scorer for three seasons. He stands 23 points short of 1,000 for his career.
"He just does so many things,'' Elkins said. "He rebounds and steals the ball and handles the ball and scores. I kind of feel bad because he hasn't been scoring a whole lot, but you look at the [score] book and he's got 16 or 18 every night. And it's nothing spectacular. He just hits his shots when he's open.''
Down in Morgantown
From No. 2 to who knows? That's the plight of Morgantown, which went from one of the favorites in Class AAA to a total unknown following a pair of injuries.
First, state player of the year candidate and West Virginia University recruit Nathan Adrian suffered a broken foot and is sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks. A couple days later, 6-foot-4 Austin Agnew fell victim to a knee injury and, following surgery on Friday, is out for the rest of the season. Both are seniors.