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November 11, 2013

The Experience Quotient

Right or wrong, valid or not, Kentucky vs. Michigan State is being billed as talent vs. experience.

Tom Izzo isn't quite sure that his team is being given proper credit for their talent, but there's no denying this:

His team has plenty of experience.

The top seven rotation players for the Spartans have played in a combined 447 college basketball games, logging a total of 9,781 minutes.

Kentucky's top seven? 76 games, 1,861 minutes.

In fact, two Michigan State players (Adreian Payne and Keith Appling) have each played more minutes of college basketball than UK's top seven.

Of course, how much that factors into the game is still to be seen.

One person isn't conceding the experience as a significant advantage.

"I'm not buying into it," Julius Randle said. "We're playing the same game."

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Here's the full breakdown of the top seven players for each team:

Michigan State

Payne -- 108 games, 1,913 minutes

Appling -- 108 games, 3,150 minutes

Costello -- 31 games, 200 minutes

Harris -- 35 games, 1,037 minutes

Valentine -- 37 games, 771 minutes

Dawson -- 68 games, 1,633 minutes

Trice -- 60 games, 1,077 minutes

Kentucky

Poythress -- 35 games, 893 minutes

Cauley-Stein -- 31 games, 721 minutes

Randle -- 2 games, 55 minutes

Andrew Harrison -- 2 games, 55 minutes

Aaron Harrison -- 2 games, 55 minutes

Young -- 2 games, 56 minutes

Johnson -- 2 games, 26 minutes

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