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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 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 …

Middle Tennessee (8-4) came home after a two-game road trip to take on the Trevecca Trojans (4-9) in their final game before conference play. The Blue Raiders were able to get a win  over the Trojans 82-67 after two straight road losses at Georgia State and South Dakota State. The Blue Raiders were without point …