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2nd in C-USA
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Best upset: Vote for Middle Tennessee St.

The No. 15 seed Blue Raiders shocked No. 2 seed Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA tourney. In ESPN's Tournament Challenge, 8.1 million entries picked Sparty to advance to the Final Four. ESPYS: Vote now!

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MTSU gives coach Davis raise, 8-year extension

Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis has agreed to an eight-year contract extension that includes a raise after leading the Blue Raiders to an NCAA Tournament upset of Michigan State.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis has agreed to terms on an eight year contract extension through 2024.

Ford: Deyonta Davis, a game changer on defense (1:25)
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Upset heroes comprise 2016 All-Giant Killer Team

Villanova cut down the nets, but don't forget the first-round stars, like Stephen F. Austin's Thomas Walkup, who made the NCAA tournament memorable.

Stephen A.: Michigan State took Middle Tennessee for granted (1:23)
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Middle Tennessee comes down to earth

The Blue Raiders shot 55.9 percent from the field in Friday's shocking upset of Michigan State. In Sunday's loss to Syracuse, they shot an ice-cold 29.7 percent.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Dayton and Middle Tennessee certainly not the toughest of draws, but Syracuse has still been mighty impressive in St. Louis. Orange headed for two double-digit wins and a spot in the Sweet 16.


Syracuse pushes lead to 15 points

The Orange ripped off a 16-2 run as Middle Tennessee missed 10 of its last 11 shots. The Blue Raiders are trying to win multiple games in the same NCAA tournament for the first time. Follow live

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Syracuse senior Michael Gbinije has taken over in the second half since Middle Tennessee grabbed a lead, scoring nine points as the Orange have jumped out to a 50-41 edge. Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee's offense has stagnated ever since point guard Jaqawn Raymond went out with his fourth foul around the 15 minute mark.


Syracuse's zone slowing Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee went 11-for-19 from 3-point range in its upset of Michigan State. The Blue Raiders are just 3-of-11 against the Orange and have turned it over seven times. Follow live

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Middle Tennessee very fortunate to be down only four points at halftime after some poor shooting and early defensive breakdowns. Syracuse letting Blue Raiders hang around in part due to going just 1-for-7 at the free throw line.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Reggie Upshaw Jr., one of the stars of Middle Tennessee's upset of Michigan State, is having a nightmarish follow-up. Upshaw is 0-for-5 from the field, 0-for-2 from the free-throw line and bobbled an alley oop for a sure two points.

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Cooney, Gbinije leading the way for Cuse

Trevor Cooney is 3-of-4 from behind the arc after going 10-of-41 from deep over his previous six games and Michael Gbinije is 3-of-4 from the field to help the Orange to a 24-16 lead. Follow live

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

The scorching shooting we saw from Middle Tennessee against Michigan State has yet to show up tonight. Blue Raiders are just 2-for-10 early on and have been bothered by Syracuse's length, as the Orange already have three blocked shots in less than six minutes of play.

Team Stats

Points Per Game72.7189th
Rebounds Per Game37.0Tied-127th
Assists Per Game13.1Tied-201st
Points Allowed68.388th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record3-8
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8