Schaefer returning to College Station for top 15 match-up

Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer spent 15 years as an assistant under Gary Blair including nine at Texas A&M. Schaefer returns to College Station on Thursday for a top 15 showdown between the two programs. He spoke about the challenges of facing his mentor again as well as a talented Aggies team.

Opening Statement…

“We’re going into a very tough environment and playing a quality basketball team. Coach Blair is a six-time hall of fame coach and those kids will be prepared. Those seniors are the No. 2 recruiting class in the country. They’re a very talented and special group. They have had a lot of success in their careers. I’m fully expecting a tough environment on Thursday night. I’m excited to see how we go in there and compete. I think we will. We have tremendous kids with a competitive spirit. I’m hopeful that we can go in there, compete and play a great ball game on Thursday night.”

On coaching against Gary Blair, whom he coached under while an assistant at Texas A&M…

“I think you are kidding yourself if you say this is just another game. You have to go in there and get in your foxhole with your team and realize that you have to compete and try to win a basketball game. You have to try to shut out all of the other distractions. I have a lot of respect for coach Blair and a lot of appreciation for the 15 years I had with him. At the end of the day I have to take my team in there and go play a Top-15 team on the road in the SEC. We haven’t talked this week because I’m getting my team ready and he’s getting his team ready. I’m excited about taking my team and playing against a really good, veteran basketball team.”

On winning games that they are the underdog in…

“I have tremendous respect for that program and everything about that program. They’re a really good basketball team. They are hard to handle. They are very similar to us. They have girls that are 6-7 and 6-5 and they are athletic at the 4-spot. We are going against a veteran, savvy basketball team on the road. They are very good at home.”

On Dominique Dillingham’s play…

“If she isn’t defensive player of the year in our league, I don’t know who is. She guards everybody’s best player every game. She plays her guts out and plays 37 to 40 minutes a game. Her competitiveness and will separates her. She’s a tremendous kid and is successful in the classroom and on the basketball court. Her mother and father have done a great job raising her. I recruited her for her competitiveness. She brings a competitive nature and spirit every day in practice.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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