No. 12 Middle Tennessee Delivers First Upset of March Madness

Bryan Brandom
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A year ago, almost to the day, Middle Tennessee State pulled off the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history when they upended No. 2-seeded Michigan State in the opening round of March Madness.

On Thursday, they knocked out yet another higher-seeded Big 10 team when, as the No. 12 seed, MTSU toppled No. 5 Minnesota.

The Blue Raiders were led by senior Reggie Upshaw, who scored a game-high 19 points and snagged nine rebounds.

At one point, the big man scored nine straight for MTSU, including this beautiful fadeaway, to give his squad a 69-61 lead.

"Reggie upshaw has impacted winning more than any other player in the history of our school," said Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis. "… That's what he's done his whole career."

Giddy Potts of our All-Name Team added 15 points and five assists in the 81-72 victory over Minnesota, whose typically strong defense (their 39.8 percent opponent field goal percentage is best in their conference) was weakened thanks to foul trouble to center Reggie Lynch.

While technically the win was an upset as far as seeding goes, Las Vegas begs to differ: MTSU, who entered the tournament with a record of 30-4 and a Conference USA-winning mark of 17-1, were favored by 1.5 points heading into their matchup with the Golden Gophers.

MTSU will play Butler in the next round.