Another day, another win for Middle Tennessee. We told you USA was going down last night, and they did. Let us tell you, the way we played today, coupled with the poor performances from some of the other teams we watched, we can bring home two championships to Murfreesboro. This team has found something, and it has showed in the past couple of games. We've seen these types of close games all year, but today we would not be denied. It was time we won one of these close games. We controlled the entire game, and Kevin Kanaskie nearly went coast to coast for the win at the buzzer in regulation, but came up just short. It proved to be a moot point, as we took it home with great free throw shooting in overtime. The Lady Raiders, including the Insell family, were at the Cajundome bright and early to support the men's team, and Chrissy Givens even took a page out of her mother's book, entertaining all Raider fans with a signature Mattie Givens' cheer. Our favorite play of the game: Kyle Young absolutely demolishing USA's Stephen Cowherd with a brick wall screen. I don't think Cowherd has woken up yet.
We ate lunch at the Acadiana Mall, and saw 'Coach' Cornish and the Band of Blue relaxing after the big Blue Raider victory as well. While we walked around the mall, the Sun Belt tournament contiuned at the Cajundome as the North Texas Mean Greenies defeated the Monroe Warhawks, setting up the semifinal matchup with the Blue Raiders. We got back to the dome during the New Orleans and Arkansas State quarterfinal game, which saw ASU win in a very competitive contest. Folks, Bo McCalebb is the real deal. We will almost go as far as saying that UNO's star player is the Chrissy Givens of the men's Sun Belt Conference. He dazzled the crowd with flashy move after flashy move. New Orleans' mascot, Lafitte, is arguably one of the coolest mascots in the nation. Although New Orleans only had 5 or so band members, the 'pirate alligator', was fun to watch.
Before we had went inside for the Privateers/Indians game, we had seen about 7 or 8 students with red shirts hanging out in the parking lot. We assumed they were Western fans, but to our surprise these guys were Florida Atlantic fans. These guys were amazing. They had just driven 13 hours to watch a team that had no guarantee of even winning one game. They didn't have a women's team that was nearly a lock for the Sun Belt title. FAU didn't bring a band or cheerleaders. All they had were these 8 or so guys with face paint, part of their Owl mascot's head, a fireman's hat with FAU stickers, among other things. We came to the Cajundome to root against Western, so what did we do? We were given FAU shirts from these guys and went down and cheered for FAU (and more importantly, against WKU) like we were one of them for just one game. Like longtime Blue Raider fan Allen D. Hale says, "My two favorite teams are Middle Tennessee and whoever is playing Western Kentucky." Shortly after the Western Kentucky/Florida Atlantic game started, the Middle Tennessee cheerleading squad also showed up and donned FAU t-shirts. Western fans were not pleased (I think that is becoming a recurring theme). Although FAU came up short, it was a blast cheering with these guys. They were legitimate fans supporting their team, and have all of our respect for making the drive to Lafayette to watch one game. We invited them to the Middle Tennessee games tomorrow, and they told us that they might take us up on it.
Tomorrow is going to be a great day for Middle Tennessee. We should have two teams in the championship game following tomorrow's contests. The BRZ has always believed. Just remember, 'you heard it here first'. Check out the pictures from today on the Kermit's Krazies board. We'll see you tomorrow after a couple of Blue Raider victories.
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