Who Are The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders?

Tom Bogert, CBS Local Sports

Michigan State was an uber popular title pick by most in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. At the least, they were a sound Final Four choice. Well, R.I.P. brackets, anarchy has a new name: Middle Tennessee State University.

Who? Exactly.

Middle Tennessee State received their bid to the tournament by beating Old Dominion 55-53 in the Conference USA conference championship game, earning a 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This is arguably the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history, next to Florida Gulf Coast’s victory as a 15 seed over Georgetown.

The last time Middle Tennessee State found themselves in the big dance was 2013, though they didn’t progress past the First Four.

The last time they participated in the field of 64 was 1989, where they won their first round game over Florida State 97-83 before losing in the second round 104-88 to Virginia. They’ve made the tournament a total of eight times.

Their leading scorer is a player by the name of Giddy Potts, who paced the Blue Raiders with 15 points a game. Just behind him is Reggie Upshaw, who averaged just under 14 points a contest. Upshaw leads the team in rebounds and minutes played.

Middle Tennessee State’s main campus is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Murfreesboro is, in fact, just about dead center of the state of Tennessee.

The school was founded in 1911 and currently has just over 20,000 undergraduate students.

As a fan of repetitive disappointment and frustration, Tom holds Liverpool FC, the New York Knicks and New York Red Bulls near and dear to his heart with occasional joy coming from the New York Giants and New York Yankees.

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