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Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor//Managing Editor MTSU senior guard JaQawn Raymond has played basketball like life depended on it, starting with his days in Statesboro, Georgia. And he continues to play with that mindset as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders prepare for a matchup against Syracuse in the NCAA tournament. Raymond, a Statesboro, Georgia, native, …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Only seven No. 15 seeds have ever defeated a No. 2 seed in NCAA history. That number didn’t matter to Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis and the Blue Raiders, as MTSU shocked the tournament field with a 90-81 victory over the two-seeded Michigan State Spartans. But, …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Middle Tennessee jumped out to an early 15-2 lead over a favorite to win the National Championship, Michigan State. The Blue Raiders were able to maintain the lead the entire game, upsetting No. 2 Michigan State 90-81, becoming the eighth No. 15 seed to ever knock off …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor  Two Reggie Upshaw free throws secured Middle Tennessee’s first conference championship in 27 years and first NCAA Tournament berth since 2013. The Blue Raiders were given a 15 seed, drawing second seed Michigan State University, many college basketball analysts pick to win the National Championship. Michigan State’s …

Photo by Sarah Taylor // Managing Editor Coming into this season, Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis had the ability to play as many as 11 players each game due to the ample amount of depth in the backcourt. This luxury disappeared when injuries began to pile up for the Blue Raiders. Over the course …

Photo by Meagan White // Sidelines Archive The MTSU men’s basketball team’s backcourt has been banged-up all season, forcing different players to step up and run the offense. With the losses of guards Jacob Ivory (concussions) and Ed Simpson (ankle), Middle Tennessee has searched for a viable floor leader. Giddy Potts, Ivory, Qua Copeland and Xavier …