Blue Raiders travel to Montreal for Northern Classic

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee men’s basketball heads north of the border this weekend for a trio of matchups in Montreal’s Northern Classic.

The Blue Raiders will open the event with a 6 p.m. CT matchup against Hofstra on Friday night. They will return to the court a day later against Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. before closing the classic Sunday vs. Montana State at 12:30 p.m.
All three matchups will tipoff from Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, and will be streamed on BeTheBeast Event Live+.
This showcase represents the first time the Blue Raiders play in Canada in program history.
Game 6: Middle Tennessee (2-2, 1-0 C-USA) vs. Hofstra (4-1, 0-0 CAA)
» Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 2 p.m. CT
» Place Bell
» Laval, Quebec, Canada
» BeTheBeast Event Live +
» 94.9 The Fan/95.1 in Murfreesboro – The Varsity Network App
Game 7: Middle Tennessee vs. Stephen F. Austin (3-1, 0-0 WAC)
» Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 2 p.m. CT
» Place Bell
» Laval, Quebec, Canada
» BeTheBeast Event Live +
» The Game 102.5/106.3/97.5 – The Varsity Network App
Game 8: Middle Tennessee vs. Montana State (3-2, 0-0 Big Sky)
» Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 2 p.m. CT
» Place Bell
» Laval, Quebec, Canada
» BeTheBeast Event Live +
» Murfreesboro – WGNS 101.9 FM / 1450 AM, Smyrna – WGNS 100.5 FM–94.9 The Fan/95.1 in Murfreesboro – The Varsity Network App
Blue Raiders Notes
» Middle Tennessee fell to 2-2 overall with a 75-51 loss at Missouri State last Saturday. Junior guard Elias King led with 16 points and six rebounds.
» MT have a head start in C-USA play. They moved to 1-0 in the league with an 81-46 thrashing of Rice in Murfreesboro on Nov. 15. The Blue Raiders were 13-26 from 3-point range in the win.
» Middle Tennessee extended Conference USA’s longest active home winning streak to 19 games against Rive, the fourth-longest such streak in program history. At 15-0 at the Murphy Center last year, the Blue Raiders recorded their fifth-ever undefeated record at home.
»  The Blue Raiders are a combined 0-1 all-time against the teams in the Northern Classic, with the lone contest an 87-74 loss at Stephen F. Austin last fall as part of the Cancun Challenge.
»  Middle Tennessee on Tuesday extended Conference USA’s longest active home winning streak to 19 games, the fourth-longest such streak in program history. The Blue Raiders are two wins short of tying their third-longest home winning streak.
»  Through Monday’s games, DeAndre Dishman is second in C-USA with 2.75 offensive rebounds per game and fifth in the league with five blocked shots.
»  Through three games, MTSU has had four different players lead the team in scoring, three different players lead in rebounds and five different assists leaders.
»  Middle Tennessee was 6-2 on neutral hardwood in 2021-22 after going 1-15 the previous four sea­sons.
»  At 45.5019 degrees north, Montreal is the third-farthest north MTSU has played a game. Only regular season tournaments in Fairbanks (68.8401 N) and Anchorage (61.2176 N) have taken the Blue Raiders closer to the North Pole.
»  Dishman is one of just six seventh-year players in Division I men’s basketball this season. His 14 points and 10 rebounds at Winthrop on 11/12 marked his second double-double as a Blue Raider and the fourth of his college career.
All-Time vs. Northern Classic Opponents
» MTSU faces Stephen F. Austin for just the second time ever. The Raiders dropped an 87-74 decision in Nacogdoches, Tex. against the Lumberjacks last season as part of the Cancun Challenge
» Middle Tennessee will face both Hofstra and Montana State for the first time ever.
Scouting the Pride
» Hofstra boasts early wins over Princeton, Iona, George Washington and San Jose State. The Pride suffered its lone defeat to Saint Mary’s this past Saturday. 
» Three players average in double figures for Hofstra. Aaron Estrada’s 22.6 points per game leads the team and currently slots at 12th in the country. Tyler Thomas (14.0) and Darlinstone Dubar (10.8) follow Estrada.
Scouting the Lumberjacks
» Stephen F. Austin has claimed victories over LeTourneau (Division III), Gardner-Webb and South Dakota State on their way to a 3-1 start. A Nov. 15 setback against Alcorn State is the Lumberjacks’ only blemish to start this season.
» The WAC squad features four players averaging over 10 points per game, with sophomore forward Sadaidriene Hall leading the way by averaging 15.5 points per game.
Scouting the Bobcats
» Montana State is off to a 3-2 start to 2022-23. Two of those early wins however have come against Division II Montana State-Billings and NAIA Warner Pacific. The Bobcats’ lone Division I win came on Nov. 13 at Long Beach State, a 70-57 decision. MSU carries losses to Grand Canyon and Oregon on its resume.
» Junior guard RaeQuan Battle leads the Bobcats with 18.2 points per game, with senior forward Jubrile Belo following with 10.8 points and a team-high 5.6 rebounds per game.
Looking Ahead
The Blue Raiders’ Road trip continues after the weekend, with a 6:00 p.m. CT tipoff on Nov. 30 at St. Bonaventure. MT is back in the Murphy Center on Dec. 3 against Maryville College.
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