Mississippi St-Louisville, UConn-Notre Dame in Final Four
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer took time out to accept an award a few hours before the women’s Final Four tipped off with his team facing Louisville. It became a family moment.
Schaefer was honored as the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Mississippi State ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak last year in the national semifinals before losing to South Carolina. The Bulldogs (36-1) are back again, hoping for another shot at the title.
They face the winner of the other semifinal between UConn and Notre Dame later Friday.
Schaefer thanked his family, including twins Blair and Charles Logan. Blair is a senior guard for the Bulldogs.
“You know what? She’s had a little bit to do with this today,” Schaefer said.
A’ja Wilson of South Carolina won the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the National Player of the Year. Chennedy Carter of Texas A&M was chosen the National Freshman of the Year.