Schaefer prepares to visit Vandy

No. 16 Mississippi State was able to end a two-game skid Sunday with a 60-51 win at Ole Miss.

The Bulldogs (22-6, 9-5 SEC) are hoping to carry that momentum into another road venue as they travel to Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. tonight.

MSU’s last trip to Memorial Gymnasium was not a pleasant experience, seeing its 18-game winning streak fall in a 78-62 loss last year. The Bulldogs are just 2-19 in Nashville all-time with their last win coming in 2010.

Head coach Vic Schaefer previewed the Vanderbilt game during his weekly press conference and also spoke about the health of freshman point guard Jazzmun Holmes.

Opening statement…

“We’re certainly going to a place that’s unique and different. It’s a place where there hasn’t been a lot of success for any team going in there and playing on the road. A lot of that has to do with their team and their coaching staff. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Vanderbilt and the job that they do. They always have great players and it seems like they always have a bunch of good shooters. This year it’s no different. They play extremely hard and extremely well. They’re well coached. We certainly have our hands full. We’ve played well at times on the road this year and I’m anxious to see how we’ll do on the road there. We played pretty well on the road on Sunday and we’ve had other games on the road where we’ve played well like Arkansas and LSU. I’m anxious to see us play and get back to playing in a different environment and see how we adjust.”

On environment at Vanderbilt…

“Last year we went in there 18-0 and it didn’t seem to help. It’s just unique. You do it once every year two years or once every year. Your point guard is away from you in the first half and then your defense is away from you in the second half. It really affects you early when your point guard is away from you in the first half. You really have to have some presence at that position and some accountability running your team.”

On Jazzmun Holmes playing Thursday…

“I think so. I think today she’s fairly cleared. I think that’s the conservative way to put it. I think she’ll be available. We have to get her back in shape. She’s been out a while, but she’ll come back.”

On not having Jazzmun Holmes play…

“It just puts wear and tear on Morgan [William] when Morgan already has some wear and tear on that leg. Obviously, I sat Morgan and Victoria [Vivians] against Kentucky. As much as I sat them it would have been a great experience for Jazz to play. Morgan got tired at Ole Miss on Sunday. I could have used her then, too. Jazz had some success against Ole Miss earlier in the year so I think she would have gone in and played with some confidence and really been good for us.”

On breaking down offense…

“I’m going to use out of bounds plays as an example. We really executed Sunday on out of bounds plays. A general rule for your shooters is if you want to be open you have to set a good screen for somebody that’s open. We’re not a good screening team. In any case for us I show them the good and then I’ll show them the bad. I think you have to show them the good and the bad to help them understand the things that you’re doing positively.”

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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