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Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines The 2018-19 basketball season underwent the biggest change in Middle Tennessee State history when 16-year head coach Kermit Davis left for Ole Miss in his home state. The departure of Davis was expected after multiple NCAA tournament appearances and his extended success at MTSU. With his departure, the …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (19-5, 11-1) played host to the University of Rice Owls (5-19, 2-9) Thursday night. Both teams got out to a fast start, but the Blue Raiders pulled away in the second half and grabbed a 94-75 win. Brandon Walters and Nick King …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines After a two-game road stretch, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (15-5, 7-1) started their Murphy Center homestand Thursday with a 75-51 win over the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (10-11, 3-5). The Blue Raiders came into this game tied for first place in C-USA and were riding high …

Photo by Joi Williams / MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-1) defeated their second straight Southeastern Conference team this week, as they took down the Mississippi Rebels (4-4) by a score of 77-58. The Blue Raider victory is their fifth in a row and is their fourth straight against SEC opponents dating back …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines One of the more essential qualities that a team needs to have in order to withstand the grueling process of the college basketball season is depth. The most successful teams in the history of the sport have made late tournament runs in March because of their flexibility and …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines The college basketball season is officially underway, and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-0) made a strong opening statement with a 104-52 blowout win against the Trevecca Trojans Friday morning. Nick King led all scorers with 17 points and recorded a game-high six rebounds. The Blue Raiders were …