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Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Middle Tennessee State University pulled off one of the most improbable upsets in NCAA tournament history, beating national champion favorite Michigan State, 90-81, Friday evening. The Blue Raiders advanced to the round of 32 for the first time since 1989, drawing a matchup with No. 10 seed …

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 …

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Story by Tyler Lamb // Staff Writer | Photo by Gregory French // Sidelines Archive The Lady Raiders were awarded with a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament and are set to face the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles. While the odds appear stacked against MTSU, the 5-12 matchup often ends in an upset. Since the …

Kerry Hammonds’ playing days ended a few years ago as a member of the Blue Raiders. His last year dawning a blue and white jersey was the 2013-14 season, when Middle Tennessee’s season came to a close after a loss to Tulsa in the C-USA tournament. Prior to that season, Hammonds was a member of …

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 …