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Saturday’s matchup could be a typical, intriguing 12-seed versus 5-seed contest for the Middle Tennessee Lady Raiders. A game against No. 5 seed Florida State in College Station, Texas, and a chance to show why MTSU won the C-USA title, is at stake. Both teams have similar styles, but the Lady Raiders provide themselves as an …

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 …

Photo by Meagan White // Sidelines Archive The Conference USA champion Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were bequeathed a No. 15 seed on Selection Sunday, drawing a matchup with No. 2 seed Michigan State in this year’s NCAA Tournament. MTSU has three senior players that have been irreplaceable cogs in Kermit Davis’ system in JaQawn Raymond, Perrin …

The Lady Raiders are back in the NCAA tournament after a dominating win over Old Dominion in the Conference USA championship game. The 70-54 win in the C-USA final secured the title for the Lady Raiders, and a dominating performance from Middle Tennessee guard Ty Petty showed exactly what the team could do in “The …