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Former MTSU Basketball Player Recalls Last Playoff Push

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by Chris Conte

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee State University men's basketball team is heading to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1989 and former teammates said they hope those players simply "enjoy the moment."

"If they can get lost in the moment tonight and truly play basketball, a game they've loved for years than they'll create something that will not only be a memory for them but all of Blue Raider Nation," explained Mike Buck who played for the MTSU basketball team the last time they were in the NCAA tournament.

43-year-old Mike Buck still keeps up with his former teammates. Back in 1989 the Raiders managed to make it to the second round of the tournament after a dramatic come from behind win against Florida State. Buck scored 26 point in that one game alone.

His advice to the team was "take it all in."

"I don't want them to remember the game from watching it on TV, the true intimacy of that moment was the high-fives and the relationships that lasted long after those games," Buck said.

MTSU will tip off against St. Mary's on Tuesday night at 8:10 p.m. CDT.


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