In last week's sectional final at Wahama, Buffalo led the Irish much of the first half before eventually falling 55-44.
"Our kids have been pretty resilient all year,'' Elkins said. "We've played Charleston Catholic pretty tough except for that time down here when they could have thrown one backward over their head from the bleachers and it would have gone in. They just shot unbelievable that night.
"I liken it to the night they played Tug Valley at the Civic Center and Tug Valley couldn't miss. We're going to get ready and show up and - knowing our kids - they'll play real hard.''
All things considered, it could be worse for the Bison. They might not have even made it to the Civic Center following a season in which they've lost only to the Irish thrice and to St. Marys at the buzzer in the finals of the Hometown Invitational Tournament in Summersville.
"We've told the kids we get to play the first game of the 100th state tournament,'' Elkins said. "That's going to be something. Now the crowd will probably just be our people and Charleston Catholic's, because at 9:30 in the morning, there's not going to be many other people there.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.