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Potts, Buford lead MTSU in upset over Michigan St.

Former Athens High player Giddy Potts helped to lead MTSU to a win against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament Friday. (Source: WAFF) Former Athens High player Giddy Potts helped to lead MTSU to a win against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament Friday. (Source: WAFF)
ST. LOUIS, MO (WAFF) -

It was a North Alabama affair in the NCAA Tournament Friday. The 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders upset the second-seeded Michigan State 90-81.

Athens native Giddy Potts scored 19 points and hauled in five rebounds, while Decatur native Perrin Buford scored 15 points and seven rebounds.

Potts played at Athens High School, while Buford played three seasons at Austin High School, before leaving for Tuscaloosa his senior season.

"When you beat a team and you start scouting them, there's no question that they are one of the three or four teams that can win the National Championship,” said Blue Raiders Head Coach Kermit Davis. “And to do it on this kind of stage, it's a great day for an entire university."

It’s the third NCAA Tournament win for MTSU.

This one may be the biggest in school history, and the biggest upset ever in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Raiders advance to the round of 32 Sunday to face 10th-seeded Syracuse.

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