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Raiders square off with Zips Saturday in Glass House

MT to face second 2013 NCAA Tournament team this season

November 15, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's basketball team continues its four-game homestand to open the 2013-14 season, hosting Akron Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Murphy Center.

GAME INFORMATION

Date: Saturday, Nov. 16
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Teams: Akron at Middle Tennessee
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Arena: Murphy Center (11,520)
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Radio: WGNS (FM 100.5, FM 101.9, AM 1450) / WMOT (89.5 FM) / The Game (102.5 FM, 97.5 FM)
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BLUE RAIDER BULLETS

• The Blue Raiders look to extend their regular season home winning streak to 31 games Saturday night, taking on Akron. The Zips are 1-1 on the season.

• MT picked up another come-from-behind victory Wednesday evening, claiming a 77-70 win over North Florida inside the Murphy Center as four Raiders scored in double-figures. Marcus Tarrance and Jaqawn Raymond led the way with 14 points each, while Shawn Jones had 12 points and Reggie Upshaw, Jr., notched the first double-double of the season for MT with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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• The Blue Raiders tipped off regular season play, Sunday afternoon picking up a 78-75 victory over 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Southern University. Neiko Hunter led MT with a career-best 20 points and six rebounds, going 6-for-11 from the floor and 3-for-4 from behind the arc. For his efforts, the senior was named Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Nov. 12.

• MT had five players score in double-figures against the Jaguars Sunday as Hunter had 20, followed by Kerry Hammonds II with 19, Tarrance with 13, Tweety Knight with 12 and Jones with 10.

• The Blue Raiders open the 2013-14 campaign with a four-game homestand, welcoming Southern, North Florida, Akron and UALR to the Murphy Center. MT then hits the road for the first time Nov. 21, traveling to the Sunshine State to take on No. 11/10 Florida. The upcoming season should be exciting and challenging for the Blue Raiders as they face three NCAA Tournament teams in their first five games in Southern, Akron and Florida.

TRACKING THE ZIPS

This will be the 26th meeting between Middle Tennessee and Akron. MT holds a 15-10 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-1 mark at home. In the first meeting between the pair, MT captured a 66-55 victory Jan. 12, 1980.

Blue Raider head coach Kermit Davis is 1-1 against the Zips. MT picked up a 77-53 win Dec. 4, 2011 as Shawn Jones reached double-digits, scoring 10 points, while going 5-for-8 from the floor. Torin Walker is the only other current Blue Raider that scored in the win, adding two points, while Zane Gibson and Jacquez Rozier each saw a few minutes of playing time.

In the most recent matchup between Akron and Middle Tennessee, the Zips claimed an 82-77 overtime victory in Ohio. Jones is highest returning scorer from last season's game for MT. He recorded eight points, going 4-for-9 from the floor.

Akron is 1-1 on the young season. The Zips opened the season with a 72-63 victory at home over Coastal Carolina Nov. 8. Akron was led by four players scoring in double-figures as Quincy Diggs and Jake Kretzer led the charge with 14 points each. Demetrius Treadwell flirted with a double-double, putting up 13 points and snagging a game-high eight rebounds, while Nick Harney added 11 points.

The Zips dropped their first loss of the 2013-14 campaign Nov. 12, falling 85-63 on the road at Saint Mary's. Treadwell led Akron with its first double-double of the season, tallying a game-high 17 points and grabbing a game-best 12 boards. Isaiah Johnson also reached double-figures in the contest for the Zips, posting 13 points to go along with six rebounds.

Treadwell paces Akron through the first two games of the season, averaging 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds an outing. He is the top returning scorer from the 2012-13 season for the Zips. During his junior year, Treadwell averaged 11.5 points per game, while starting in 28 games. This season, Diggs is averaging 10.5 points a game to go along with 4.5 boards per contest.

Saturday's contest will be a battle between a pair of 2013 NCAA Tournament participants. This will also mark MT's second of six opponents this season that were NCAA Tournament teams last year. The Zips fell to VCU in the second round of the Big Dance last year. This will mark the third-straight year MT and Akron have gone head-to-head.

HOME SWEET HOME

MT continued to defend its home court last season after finishing 15-2 at home in 2011-12. The Blue Raiders were 16-0 in home games, including a win at Bridgestone Arena and haven't lost a regular season game in Murphy Center since Nov. 20, 2011, when MT dropped an 87-84 double overtime decision to Belmont. After picking up a 78-75 win over Southern in the 2013-14 season-opener and a 77-70 win over North Florida Wednesday, MT improved to 30 straight regular season home victories, tying South Dakota State for the nation's second longest streak. The Jackrabbits dropped a 77-69 decision at home to Montana Thursday evening, giving MT the longest active regular season winning streak. Marquette is a close second with 27-straight home victories.

Home Winning Streak: MT owns the longest active regular season home winning streak in the country with 30 games, but sits sixth in the country in pure home court win-streaks with 18-straight wins inside the Murphy Center. The Blue Raiders dropped a 78-72 decision in the Glass House during the quarterfinals of the NIT March 21, 2011. Marquette tops the home winning-streak list with 27 victories, which is also good enough for second on the regular season win-streak list.

Live audio, stats and a webstream of Saturday's game will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com.

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