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Fri November 9, 2012
Sports

MT Raiders Begin Basketball Pre-Season Play Friday

Blue Raider standouts JT Sulton (#30) and Marcos Knight (#14) in action during a winning 2011-12 basketball season.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  The Middle Tennessee Men's and Women's basketball programs have both been projected to win the Eastern Division by Sun Belt head coaches. Both squads will take the Murphy Center court Friday night to defend last year’s regular season championships.

Following last years monumental 27-win season, 10 of last year's top 12 scorers are returning to the men's team, including six experienced seniors.

As for the women, the trio of Icelyn Elie, Kortni Jones, and Ebony Rowe each collected preseason first team All-Sun Belt honors.

Both teams are also receiving votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

The action will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening with the women taking on Kennesaw State in the first round of the Preseason WNIT Tournament. The men will follow suit after the conclusion of the women's game with a matchup versus Alabama State starting at 7:45 p.m.

As always, coverage of the games can be heard here on WMOT.  For all the latest on Blue Raider sports, visit goblueraiders.com