Energy guy Grandy Glaze is starting spark for fourth-seeded Saint Louis

Saint Louis sophomore forward Grandy Glaze plays about 12 minutes a game and averages three points and three rebounds. Sounds like a mop-up guy, right?

More like a high-intensity must-start, considering the fourth seed in the Midwest Regional is 15-1 since Glaze was plugged into the lineup.

In search of a spark in January, interim coach Jim Crews turned to the 6-6 Glaze after consecutive losses to Temple and Rhode Island. The Billikens (27-6) took off with 11 of the victories by double digits, are a fashionable underdog pick to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

Saint Louis is ranked 13th after taking the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament titles heading into Thursday's game against 13th-seeded New Mexico State (24-10) in San Jose, Calif.