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MTSU To Play In Tournament After Teammate's Death

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have decided they will play in the Sun Belt Conference tournament days after their teammate was stabbed to death.

The Blue Raiders met Thursday with athletic director Chris Massaro and coach Rick Insell before agreeing to play. Junior guard Tina Stewart of Memphis was stabbed to death Wednesday night, and her roommate Shanterrica Madden has been charged with first-degree murder.

Middle Tennessee (23-6) is the East's top seed scheduled to play Sunday in Hot Springs, Ark. The Blue Raiders, 14-2 in league play, are trying to earn the automatic berth with the tournament title for a 14th trip to the NCAA tournament.

School officials have stickers and signs saying "20GETHER" in honor of Stewart's jersey No. 20.

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