INDIANAPOLIS | One might think that Greensburg boys basketball coach Stacy Meyer knows nothing about his opponent on Saturday in the Class 3A state championship game.
More than 200 miles and a couple of cultures separate Greensburg and Gary, home of the Bowman Academy Eagles.
Small-town, rural Indiana meets big city, blue-collar Indiana.
"We're throwback Indiana basketball," Meyer said at Monday's press conference at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 104th IHSAA boys basketball state championships.
For the first time ever, two defending state champs will meet in the Class 3A state final. Top-ranked Greensburg (27-1) won the 3A crown last March. No. 3 Bowman (22-4) won the 2A title last year.
The two titans will tipoff at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
"We've had quite a buzz the last two years," Meyer said. "We have a gym that seats 5,000 and it's packed every time we play. It's been a thrill for a 17-, 18-year-old kid to experience."
Meyer replaced former Hobart coach Keith Hipskind at the southeastern school in 2006. Meyer also coached Southwestern High School to the 2003 Class A state final.
Meyer was also on the 2011 Indiana Junior All-Star staff with Bowman coach Marvin Rea. The two formed a friendship that still stands today. While many talk about the raw talent that the Eagles have, Greensburg is not without its own headliners.
Sean Sellers, a 6-foot-7 Ball State recruit, leads the way with a 20.1 scoring average with 7.6 rebounding mark. Bryant McIntosh, a 6-3 Northwestern recruit, is scoring 14.1 points and getting 9.1 assists per game.
"Stacy is a great guy and a good coach, we had a good experience together with the All-Stars," Rea said. "They have a good team with some great players, Sellers and McIntosh. They are very disciplined. They make the extra pass and are a good 3-point shooting team.
"It's going to come down to who controls the tempo of the game. We want to get it to Bowman speed."
The Pirates shoot 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Meyer, though, does not want people from the region to think his team is a 30-pass-before-a-shot offense. His team does push the ball, and they can also slow the game down, too.
It is likely that will be part of the game plan against the Eagles.
"We haven't seen anything like what Bowman does," Meyer said. "I saw them last year in the state game and wow, they dig into you. We've got to get ready for what they do. We have to handle their press. We have to get stops on the defensive end.
"They've got two great players in (Justin) King and (Davon) Dillard. But we've got two good players, too. It should be a great game."