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Photo Courtesy // MTSU Athletic Communications Middle Tennessee’s first spring scrimmage of the 2016-17 season concluded Saturday afternoon, and big hits and explosive plays were plentiful. MTSU began spring practices back on March 17, and those two weeks of drills certainly helped set up an energetic opening scrimmage for the Blue Raiders. Here are five …

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 Middle Tennessee junior forward Reggie Upshaw took a collective breath and raised his arms to the Scottrade Center ceiling. The upset was complete. The No. 15 seed Blue Raiders had just sealed one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history, knocking off the two-seeded Michigan State …

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won’t just be taking on Michigan State, but history as well. Prior to this year’s NCAA tournament, only seven No. 15 seeds in NCAA history have managed to upset a No. 2 seed. That’s good for an all-time record of 117-7. The last occurrence of a 15-seeded team shocking the …

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 …

Photo Courtesy Helen Comer // Daily News Journal Story by Tyler Lamb // Staff Writer When it comes to the big stage, Middle Tennessee freshman forward Alex Johnson is no stranger. Before she wore the blue and white, Johnson was a key piece of the Blackman Lady Blaze. She helped lead her team to two …