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2017 Schedule
31-5, 1st in C-USA

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Gardner-Webb transfer Laquincy Rideau has already visited Florida Gulf Coast. Heads to Middle Tennessee today, South Florida this weekend, and UMass on Monday. 14.2 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.0 SPG.

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King leaves 'Bama for MTSU as grad transfer

Former Memphis and Alabama forward Nick King, who played only seven games this season with a lung infection, will play for Middle Tennessee next season as a graduate transfer.

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Middle Tennessee's Davis gets new contract

Having led the Blue Raiders to NCAA tournament wins the past two years, coach Kermit Davis has agreed to a new seven-year contract with Middle Tennessee.

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Butler beats MTSU to get back to Sweet 16

Kelan Martin scored 19 points, and Butler limited Middle Tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 win Saturday night to advance to the Sweet 16.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

In terms of upward programmatic mobility in the current century, it's very difficult to beat Butler's body of work. The Bulldogs have achieved both tournament success and the jump into the major-conference ranks. Now Chris Holtmann has BU in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. At this rate of ascent, Butler will be in the NBA by 2019.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler beats Middle Tennessee State 74-65. The ViewFromVegas is the Bulldogs also covered as 2.5-point favorites. MTSU was a popular underdog play by bettors in Vegas as the line dropped from Butler -4.5 to -2.5. The game stayed just under the average closing total of 139.5 points as MTSU missed its final shot and then didn't foul Butler in the last 26 seconds.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler is back in the Sweet 16. And if the Bulldogs continue playing this well, there's no reason they can't make another run to the Final Four. No. 4 seed Butler outlasted No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee 74-65 in Milwaukee, showcasing tremendous balance and versatility. The Bulldogs withstood a furious late-game rally after the Blue Raiders cut their deficit from 12 to three points. Butler last made the Sweet 16 in 2011, when it reached its second straight national championship game. It's a different team with a different coach now, but this group is battle-tested and capable of producing a big tournament.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler has been holding Middle Tennessee at bay for most of this game. The Bulldogs have shredded the Blue Raiders' half-court trap for a couple of easy buckets. MTSU has to string together a few stops now to have a chance at the upset.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle Tennessee made a nice run late in the first half to come back from a 13-point deficit. Butler entered halftime leading 36-31, but the Blue Raiders have to feel good about this being a two-possession game. Middle Tennessee's half-court trapping defense can be difficult to deal with and could provide a spark in the second half.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler buried all four of its 3-point attempts in the first 10 minutes of the opening half to seize early control against Middle Tennessee. This Bulldogs team is so versatile and has playmaking guards who can also get to the rim. The Blue Raiders' biggest advantage will have to be their frontcourt.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

We are underway for No. 4 seed Butler against No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee in Milwaukee. Butler hasn't reached a Sweet 16 since 2011, while Middle Tennessee has never advanced to the Sweet 16.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler and Middle Tennessee are warming up about an hour from tipoff. The winner advances to play the North Carolina/Arkansas winner in the Sweet 16 on Friday.

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Can Middle Tennessee pull off the upset?

The Blue Raiders stunned Michigan State last year in the NCAA tournament, and gave Minnesota similar treatment in the first round this year. Is Butler the next higher seed to be on upset alert?

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Last year, Middle Tennessee's JaCorey Williams took a redshirt year after transferring from Arkansas. When MTSU reached the NCAA tournament, he had to pay his own way for the trip and only brought enough money to stay for one game. Then, MTSU pulled a stunning upset of Michigan State, and Williams had to ask family for money to stay for the second round. This year, Williams is MTSU's leading scorer and could key his team to a Sweet 16 berth with a win tomorrow against Butler.

ESPN Stats and Information  

More fans picked Xavier and Middle Tennessee to win on Thursday than any other seeds 11 or lower in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, and both delivered mild upsets. Friday's most popular upset picks include 11 seeds Rhode Island and Kansas State.

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Kermit Davis on MTSU's win over Minnesota

Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis comments on his team's win over Minnesota, the Blue Raiders' confidence, preparing to face Butler and learning from last year's NCAA tournament experience.

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Middle Tennessee anticipating close matchup with Butler (1:53)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Middle Tennessee's 21 wins since Jan.1 are the most in Division I in that time.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Middle Tennessee is the 4th team to win as a 12-seed or lower in back-to-back years. It's the first to record both wins against major conference teams (via Elias Sports Bureau).

Team Stats

Points Per Game74.9130th
Rebounds Per Game35.4202nd
Assists Per Game15.462nd
Points Allowed63.923rd

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record3-8
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8