Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Stars from one-bid leagues savor chance to take center stage

How much can a mid-major player's life change with one memorable NCAA Tournament performance? Just ask Middle Tennessee's Reggie Upshaw.

Upshaw scored 21 points last year as the 15th-seeded Blue Raiders stunned No. 2 seed Michigan State 90-81 in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional. Then he discovered how popular he had just become.

"It was very crazy," Upshaw said. "I never thought that my phone would be able to get that many notifications, that many text messages and missed phone calls and stuff like that. My phone was definitely blowing up. It was just people congratulating me and telling me they were proud."

Upshaw says he had...