Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines After splitting last week’s Conference USA road trip against Marshall and Western Kentucky, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (14-5, 6-1) sit at the top of the conference in a three-way tie with Western Kentucky and Old Dominion. This week, the Blue Raiders have a chance to potentially distance …

Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines The E.A. Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University was filled to capacity on Saturday night, and it created a loud and hostile environment that was equivalent to the intensity that the “100 Miles of Hate” rivalry produces. “I’ve never been in a Middle Tennessee-Western Kentucky …

Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines Two of the best defenses in Conference USA squared off on Thursday night in the Murphy Center, as the Middle Tennessee Lady Raiders (11-7, 3-2) battled the Mean Green of North Texas (11-6, 2-3). The defensive slugfest played out in favor of MTSU, who came away with the …

Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines  Getting off to a strong start in conference play is always a crucial part of determining seeding in the conference tournament and seeing how the rest of the league stacks up. Since the 2015-2016 season, the Blue Raiders are 35-6 in Conference USA play and have been the team to …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines It certainly was not pretty, but the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (10-4, 2-0) escaped a hard-fought game against Conference USA foe Florida International (7-8, 1-1) with a win in overtime by a final score of 71-66. Both teams started the game slow, as they committed a multitude …

Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines  Coming into the 2017-2018 season, the experienced backcourt unit was expected to be the strength of the Middle Tennessee basketball team. Early in the season, however, it’s been the frontcourt tandem of Brandon “Big B” Walters and Nick King that has been the main difference between winning and losing big …