As in years past with Elkins at the helm, Buffalo will look to use its speed against opponents.
"We do play pretty up-tempo," Elkins said. "We don't like to stand around. We shoot the 3-ball a lot. We get it out and run as often as we can, shoot as quick as we can. Like I was telling the guys, as soon as we get the ball in the basket, we press and play defense."
The fast-paced style takes advantage of the program's quickness, but also works to compensate for its lack of size.
"We don't have a whole lot of size, so with the speed and quickness, we try to combat the other team's size," Elkins said. "We have to make up our lack of rebounding by getting possessions and turning the other team over and making steals. We try to balance out the lack of rebounding with getting other teams to give the ball away."
Last season, Buffalo finished 21-5, following a 61-48 loss to Charleston Catholic in the opening round of the State Tournament. The loss marked the fourth time the Bison lost to the Irish during the 2012-2013 season.
"We had the experience last year to contend with them," Elkins said of facing Catholic. "We just didn't get over the hump. This year, we're starting all over again. We'll see what happens. I know what they've got coming back. They should be at their normal level.
"Hopefully, we play about the same level we played last year. We competed with them. They were five-, six-point games every time. It's just the fact that we just have to get back over that hump."
Buffalo begins its quest toward the State Tournament when the Bison open the season at Huntington St. Joe's 7 p.m. Dec. 13.