INDIANAPOLIS | There were echoes in the hallway of Conseco Fieldhouse on Monday morning as excited shoes shuffled through the underbelly of the home of the Pacers.
On Saturday, though, those echoes will be woken up as the 101st IHSAA boys basketball state championship tips off in Indianapolis.
"It was cool, really special," said Bishop Noll coach Drew Trost, whose Warriors (26-0) will take on Park Tudor (25-2) in the Class 2A state championship game scheduled to start around 11:45 a.m.
"I was walking by and looked down and saw the main floor," Trost continued. "It's a NBA floor and that's pretty cool."
Noll made it to the 1988 single-class Final Four, but lost to Concord and Shawn Kemp.
"This is the first time Noll's ever been in the state championship game," Trost said with a smile at the IHSAA news conference at Conseco.
The Warriors advanced to Saturday's game when they beat Tipton 53-50 at the Huntington North Semistate.
Noll will practice at Conseco today. The players will likely have the same awe-inspiring reaction to Indiana's hoop palace as their coach did on Monday.
"I can't even put into words how exciting that will be," senior Adonis Filer said last week. "Getting there would be a dream come true."
Trost said he had only been inside Conseco once, when his alma mater, Valparaiso University, played Purdue there several years ago.
At the meeting with IHSAA officials and all eight finalists' administrators, the coaches were told they could not bring anyone to shoot video of the state finals.
"There's no place to put them," Trost said. "This is crazy. Getting hotel reservations and everything set up for the week. But this is a lot of fun. This is what it's all about."