MILWAUKEE – Middle Tennessee did it again.
Reggie Upshaw scored 16 of his team-leading 19 points in the second half as 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee recorded the first upset of the 2017 NCAA Tournament with an 81-72 victory over No. 5 Minnesota in a first-round South Regional contest on Thursday at the Bradley Center.
Giddy Potts scored 17 for the Blue Raiders (31-4), who, as a No. 15 seed, upset second-seeded Michigan State in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.
Middle Tennessee connected on 48.3 percent of its shots and made 7 of 13 3-pointers. The Blue Raiders led by 17 points with less than 12 minutes left. The Gophers cut the margin to four points but could get no closer.
Amir Coffey led Minnesota (24-10) with 17 points. He sat down with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: