INDIANAPOLIS — Westview's Warriors will hit the Bankers Life Fieldhouse floor at around 1 p.m. for their Class 2A state championship game duel with Park Tudor of Indianapolis.
The Warriors chilled out in end zone chairs and watched Michigan City Marquette win the 1A title with a 70-66 victory over Barr-Reeve.
Here's five things you need to know about today's matchup:
5 WESTVIEW KEYS
1. Tempo: The Panthers average 82.0, which is tops in all of Indiana. The Warriors score 60.6 game. Westview must keep control of game pace and not let Park Tudor run free.
2. Jordyn Bontrager: Westview's most dynamic player will be asked to control the game like he has much of the season, whether it's through ball handling or tough defense.
3. Fouls: In the semistate win over Cass and a regional final victory over Winamac, Westview's best inside players, Chandler Aspy and Judah Zickafoose, battled early foul issues. Aspy fouled out of the last two games. Daron Miller and Brody Jantzi are nice subs off the bench in short bursts, but any extended time on the floor could lead to problems. The Warriors need the starting five on the floor playing and playing well.
4. Trevon Bluiett: Bluiett, among the frontrunners for Mr. Basketball and the state's leading scorer at 35.6 points a game, cannot go off. According to Westview coach Rob Yoder, the Warriors will use a variety of starters to guard the 6-foot-5 standout, who is bound for Xavier University in the fall.
5. Jamar Weaver: The Warriors' dead-eye 3-pointer, who stands 5-11, will likely see a Park Tudor wing defense featuring players who are 6-1 to 6-6 in his face. Weaver will need to get open quickly and shoot quickly.