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100 Miles of Hate


Photo by Darius Horton / MTSU Sidelines Story by Nathan Vaughan / Sports Reporter The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders returned to the Adams Tennis Complex after a month-long away stretch to take on the rival Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Trying to avoid losing three matches in a row for the first time all season, the Blue Raiders …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines In front of a raucous Murphy Center crowd, the 24th-ranked Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (24-5, 16-1) accomplished something that they’ve been trying to do for years. With their 82-64 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (22-8, 14-3), the Blue Raiders won the Conference USA regular season title and …

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 Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Lady Raiders (8-6, 0-1) traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to take on the Western Kentucky Lady Hilltoppers (10-4,1-0) on Thursday. A lackluster offensive performance by the Lady Raiders and a late run by WKU ultimately led to a 57-43 loss. The game was never …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor / Sidelines Archives Since the first meeting in 1914, the “100 Miles of Hate” rivalry has proven to be one of the best in all of college football. In fact, Underdog Dynasty ranked it as the top rivalry in Conference USA this past June. Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky have …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines The return of Brent Stockstill has given the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-5, 3-3) new life. A 35-21 win over Charlotte on Saturday put the team one win away from being bowl eligible. Stockstill’s second game back from injury was more efficient, as he threw for 255 yards …