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Blue Raiders turn attention to Jaguars

Tipoff set for 3 p.m. on Saturday

February 4, 2011 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee will be looking to use momentum from its win over UL-Monroe against South Alabama on Saturday afternoon at Murphy Center.

The game with the Jaguars is set for 3 p.m. on the front end of a doubleheader with the women's team. The game has been designated Coaches vs. Cancer Night to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society and the respective coaching staffs will be wearing their sneakers.

The Blue Raiders have won four of their last five games including a win on the road over FIU. Middle Tennessee's average margin of victory during the stretch is 9.3 points with its closest point margin being six in Thursday night's win over the Warhawks.

Sophomore James Gallman, who has been struggling the past few games from behind the arc, found his shot against ULM making four treys. The last three was the most important as it came with 6.6 seconds on the clock and helped seal the win for Middle Tennessee.

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The Blue Raider defense has also been performing well during Sun Belt Conference action holding seven opponents to below their normal scoring averages. Middle Tennessee will be looking for more of the same from its defense against the Jaguars.

Chip Walters and Kyle Turnham will have all the action from Murphy Center on the Blue Raider Network.

The Sun Belt Championships will be held in Hot Springs, Ark., March 4-8. Tickets for all sessions are $83 and on sale through the Blue Raider Ticket Office by contacting 1-888-YES-MTSU or by visiting goblueraiders.com.

NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS In the Glass House... Middle Tennessee won its season opener in the Murphy Center and are 7-4 at home this season. The Blue Raiders hold an 86-39 record at Murphy Center under head coach Kermit Davis. Middle Tennessee is stellar at home in league play during the 2010-11 season posting a 4-1 record.

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Picking up the pace... After getting off to a sluggish 2-3 start in Sun Belt Conference action, the Blue Raiders have won four of their last five games. This includes three home wins and a road win over FIU. Middle Tennessee's average margin of victory during the current stretch is 9.3 with its closest point margin begin six against ULM.

Double Figures... Middle Tennessee has had at least two players score in double figures in 22 games to this season. Senior James Washington has scored in double-figures in 17 of those contests including six 20-point performances.

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