The up-tempo defensive pace should set the tone for Buffalo's offense.
"Our best offense is going to be our defense," Ball said. "We'll be at our best when we're playing good defense, up-in-your-face defense. We hope that it's miserable to play offense against us this year."
Parkins said the Bison players enjoy the quick style as it forces Buffalo to maintain focus.
"I think it's great," she said. "You have to stay in shape and be ahead of your competitors."
Without a solid effort on defense, little else matters, Ball said.
"Defense is where we're going to win," he said. "That's where basketball games are won. The three-point shot is pretty and all that good stuff, but the defense is where it's at."
While Buffalo looks to play with regional foes like Charleston Catholic and St. Joe's, Ball said the Bison must also not look past teams perceived to be lesser opponents.
"Last year, we would play up and down to our competition," Ball said. "This year, we want to be consistent. It doesn't matter who the opponent, we want to stay true to Buffalo basketball."
No matter the competition this season, Ball said Buffalo will build from its lessons and experiences developed last year.
"We learned that it doesn't matter what somebody's record is, you've always got to bring your 'A' game," he said. "Just because we're Buffalo and we've won so many games, it doesn't mean anything to anybody that we're going to roll into their floor and they're going to give us a victory."
Buffalo opens its season against Wahama on Dec. 3 at home.