CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For openers, you can't get more of a contrast than the game that tips off the 100th state basketball tournament.
The way in which Charleston Catholic and Buffalo go about their business may be polar opposites in many respects, but their success stories this season are similar as they collide at 9:30 a.m. today in the Class A quarterfinals at the Civic Center.
Meanwhile, Buffalo (21-4), the No. 6 seed, hasn't been to the state tournament since 2008, the final year of its four straight first-round exits (2005-08). Prior to that, the Bison last made the tourney field in 1961.
The Bison, meanwhile, would rather outscore you. Thirteen times Buffalo has rung up 70 or more points in a game, topped by an even 100 against Wahama three weeks ago.
Buffalo, however, is bombs away at all costs. The Bison is outsized nearly every game (its tallest starter stands 6-1), so it presses and traps and lets it fly from long range.
Leading scorers Levi Jordan (he of the bushy beard) and Laythen Good (he of the bright gold shoes) have hoisted a combined 340 attempts from 3-point distance, and the team tries nearly 19 of those per game.
"It surprises me that this late in the year, after playing 25 games, that people don't prepare for what we do,'' Buffalo coach Chuck Elkins said after last week's regional win at Parkersburg Catholic.