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Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines With the start of the new semester in the rearview mirror, many of the Blue Raider athletics teams are in the stretch runs of the season. This weekend provides some of the most intriguing match-ups of the year with the men’s basketball returning home to take on Rice …

Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines There really is no place quite like home. For Middle Tennessee freshman guard Donovan Sims, that age-old cliche rings true. While playing in a minimal role, Sims has played crucial minutes in some of the Blue Raiders’ biggest games. Sims becomes a local high school legend Before stepping …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines The first-place Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-5,10-1) traveled to take on the Charlotte 49ers (5-16,1-9) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday night. It was a back-and-forth game early, but the Blue Raiders were able to hold off the 49ers by a final score of 78-73. The 49ers jumped …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (13-5, 5-1) kicked off their tough stretch with a 73-63 loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd (13-6, 4-2)  last Thursday night. The game was expected to be a wide-open contest and featured the top scorers in C-USA with MTSU forward Nick King and Thundering …

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 …