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Morning Report: 2.22.18

MTSU is in the top 25 ahead of Saturday’s game against UAB. Barring something ridiculous, they will take on WKU next Thursday with their ranking intact.

You don’t get to 400 wins as a Division I basketball coach or build a little-known mid-major into a Top 25 team without a little bit of luck.

In the case of 16th-year Middle Tennessee basketball coach Kermit Davis, it’s about creating his own luck through strong recruiting, relentless emphasis on practice, steadily raising expectations — and yes, through a healthy dose of superstition.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are ranked in the AP Poll for the first time in program history. Davis’s club debuted this week at No. 24, thanks to nine straight wins and a 14-1 record over its last 15 games.

The Blue Raiders are well on their way to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and are smack in the middle of the at-large discussion should they fail to claim the Conference USA auto-bid.

As it usually does, the ball looked good coming off Marquis Godwin’s hand, and when his 3-point attempt splashed through the net at practice Tuesday afternoon, the Old Dominion freshman allowed himself a little fist-pump.

That’s about as much emotion as you’ll see from the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Hampton. With Godwin, as with many who make their living from the perimeter, a couple of things rarely change: his expression and the release on his shot – a short, compact stroke that is one of the purest on the team.

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