MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Bruce Massey scored 12 points and four others reached double figures as Middle Tennessee clobbered South Alabama 85-50 Thursday night for its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference regular season title.
The Blue Raiders (24-4, 16-1) also clinched the top seed in the Sun Belt tournament.
Middle Tennessee, which has won 13 straight, scored the first 13 points of the game, led 41-26 at halftime and coasted. This was easier than its 60-56 win at South Alabama (15-10, 12-5) on Jan. 2.
Middle Tennessee shot 25 for 54 (46.3 percent) to South Alabama's 14 of 49 (28.6 percent), and had a 40-5 edge in bench scoring and 33-10 in points off turnovers.
It's about time for someone other than Duke and Kentucky to grab the top class. Could it be Shaka Smart and Texas in 2017?
Which teams have enjoyed the most NCAA tournament success since 2000? Kansas' recent run to the Elite Eight vaulted the Jayhawks up the list.
There's nowhere to go but up for the Eagles, who were winless in the ACC last season but return a slew of young players who gained valuable experience.
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