Last year, the (15) Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders went up against (2) Michigan State in the round of 64. Michigan State was a favorite to reach the final four and win the national championship last year. Led by then junior, Reggie Upshaw’s 21 points, Middle Tennessee State pulled off what could be the biggest upset in tournament history.
All five Middle Tennessee starters scored in double digits, shot an astounding 55.9 percent from the field and went 11-19 behind the arc. To go along with 21 points, Upshaw pulled in four rebounds, and had four assists. Perrin Buford also contributed with 15 points, six assists and seven boards.
With 22 points, nine assists and two rebounds, Michigan State was lead by Matt Costello. Behind him was Denzel Valentine with 13 points, 12 assists, and three rebounds.
MTSU took down MSU 90-81. The Blue Raiders went on to lose to 10. Syracuse in the very next round 75-50.
This year, 12. MTSU took on 5. Minnesota in the round of 64. Senior Reggie Upshaw led the way for the Blue Raiders with 19 points and nine rebounds. Leading the way for the Golden Gophers was Amir Coffey with 17 points and four assists.
Jacorey Williams had a key block in the closing minutes of the game to really seal the victory for MTSU:
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 16, 2017
MTSU defeated the Golden Gophers 81-72 and will play Butler in the round of 32.