Posted March 20, 2013 on AP on Fox
There's no such thing as one and done at Valparaiso. The Crusaders earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004 with one of the most seasoned teams in college basketball. When 14th-seeded Valparaiso shoots to upset third-seeded Michigan State on Thursday, experience will be on its side even though the Spartans are in the tourney for a 16th consecutive year. ''It scares me a little bit,'' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. The Crusaders start five seniors, two of whom are in their fifth season, and their nine-man rotation includes only upperclassmen. Only Colorado State has had more games started by seniors this season than Valpo among teams in the NCAA tournament, according to STATS LLC. The Crusaders' seniors combined to start 160 games and help the school win a program-record 26 this season. ''Having so many experienced players has really come out in pivotal points throughout the season,'' said senior forward Rya...
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