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Mississippi State women's hoops prepare for Sweet 16 in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY (Mississippi News Now) -

MSU arrived in Kansas City Wednesday night, but Thursday was all about Vic Schaefer's crew preparing for the Sweet 16.

Mississippi State practiced and met the media at the Sprint Center. Roshunda Johnson didn't workout with the team Thursday morning. The senior is attending her grandfather's funeral in Arkansas.

Schaefer said "we anticipate her being here" for Friday's game vs. NC State.

Coach sees a Wolfpack squad that's similar to the maroon and white.

"They're a little like us, just a hard-noticed defensive team," said Schaefer. "They bring two athletic kids off the bench with some size as well and another big guard.

MSU is in the Sweet 16 for the third straight season.

Victoria Vivians says the approach is a little different.

"It's changed a lot because you know my first time we was just going in here and I feel like we weren't as good as we are now," explained Vivians. "We was just happy to be in the Sweet 16. Now it's like an expectation, like, we do this on the regular and we need to come out here and finish and try to win a National Championship."

Blair Schaefer added "I think since this team has been here before, it gives us a sense of kind of comfort, knowing that we've handled these tough situations before.  We've handled distractions before. But I also think this year is different because we have a target on our back. We have a No. 1 seed by our name so we have a job to do."

More than a few fans in maroon made the trip to KC to see MSU. The Bulldogs held a pep rally before tipoff.

Mississippi State faces NC State Friday in the Kansas City Regional semifinal. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. 

The game will be televised on ESPN.

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