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By DAVID HUNTER

A few months ago, I had written a column ripping the NCAA for putting their college football and basketball championship games on cable last season.


At the time, I did not realize, the Final Four will alternate between CBS and TBS for the next decade. This weekend, the semis and finals will be on Channel 5 here locally on a free over the air television station.


Coming into this year's NCAA Men's Basketball tournament, Middle Tennessee, was an easy upset pick since they deserved better than a No. 12 seed. Did anybody on the selection committee watch this team play during the regular season? The Blue Raiders dominated both the Conference USA regular and postseason this year.


So, my congratulations go to long time head coach Kermit Davis, who I miss talking basketball with daily. While I was attending MTSU from 2001-2006, Davis was in the early stages of building the program to where it is today. However, he always made time for someone like me, and he always answered my interview questions with honesty.


I have always appreciated that, so congrats on the contract extension, and to the rest of the program for making the Blue Raiders relevant around the nation.


Do not want to forget about the Lady Raiders, especially Cannon Courier Hall of Famer and soon to be College Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Insell, and the Lionettes own sharpshooter junior Abbey Sissom.


Once again, the Lady Raiders were in contention for another Conference USA regular and postseason title, but they fell a little short in one of the toughest mid-major conferences in women's basketball, especially against teams like Southern Mississippi and Western Kentucky.


However, MTSU's body of work was good enough for it to earn a spot in the Women's NIT, in which they fell in the third-round last week at Georgia Tech.


So, congrats to Insell on his soon to be induction into another Hall of Fame, and to Sissom for being named to the C-USA All-Defensive and All-Academic Team. I know her family is very proud of her both on the court and most importantly in the classroom.


Speaking of mid-majors, I will be watching the Final Four this weekend on CBS, and Gonzaga was my pick to win it all from the beginning of the tournament.

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