Drake Bulldogs Punch Ticket To Big Dance With A Starting Lineup Older Than 5 NBA Teams

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The Drake Bulldogs are headed to the Big Dance. On Sunday, the program punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a win over conference foe Bradley.

The Bulldogs will now prepare for the college basketball postseason as they make their second appearance in the March Madness field in the last three years.

Drake just put a bow on a MVC tournament championship, running through their competition on its way to a title. The Bulldogs took care of Murray State and Southern Illinois before making light work of top-seeded Bradley in the final game.

They’ll now represent the league in the Big Dance.

What makes this year’s team interesting is the age of the starting lineup. That lineup includes four players that are over the age of 23.

The starting five consists of three graduate transfers, a senior, and a sophomore.

The average age of about 23 1/2 years old makes Drake’s quintet older than five different NBA starting lineups. It’s sure to be one of the oldest rosters in the NCAA tournament field.

That experience certainly paid dividends for the Bulldogs as Drake posted a 27-7 overall record, including that MVC championship run. With the win, the squad is listed as a 12-seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology projections.

We’ll see if they can do some damage in March as they look to start a Cinderella run.

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