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With Miami Up Next Gottfried, Turner Talk Strategy

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Mark Gottfried

On Miami’s style of play…
“They’re zoning a lot more and it’s real effective. It’s a matchup zone and sometimes it’s tough to figure it out. I think offenseively they are very similiar. They utilize ball screens a lot, we have a to do a great job defending that, but I think he’s done a great job with this team. Regardless of their record in the league, they’re going to be a really tough team to beat. I can promise you that.”

On why Miami plays so much zone this year…
I think they lost some games early on and he looked at their team and wanted to find some things they could be really good at and I think they are really good at their matchup zone. So that’s the thing we’re going to have to tackle.

On how NC State will attack the zone…
We’re going to have to make some shots from the perimeter. I don’t know that you can beat them just making shots around the basket all night long, because they clog the lane. We hope we have some things that I think can be effective against it. We have to move the ball really well, set some screens even though it’s a zone and get inside of it. Ultimately though, you have to make some shots too. You have to make a few shots from the perimeter, it really helps you.

On Beejay Anya…
Health-wise, Beejay is getting there. He was able to practice today, so we expect him to be a lot more ready to play from a physical standpoint than he was at Carolina.

On talking about the postseason…
I think talking about (the NCAA Tournament) is a ways away for us. We’re halfway through the league and we’ve got to really turn it up. We’ve got to win some on the road, keep improving as a team, and we’ve got our 9 scholarship guys and they have to be ready to play on any night with any combination. That’s the way we’ve got to be ready to play.

On how to beat Miami…
The question is, can you speed (Miami) up. Which is hard to do. Whether you full court press them or do some different things, you’ve got to be smart about that because you don’t want quick, empty possessions yourselves.


Ralston Turner

On the difference between State and Miami…
“We like to run and score a high amount of points and (Miami) likes to play zone and they don’t push it as much as we do.”

On playing on the road…
“Anytime you’re on the road, nobody is on your side. So regardless of who’s there we have to be ready to play because we know Miami will be ready to play.”

On talking about postseason….
“Yes, we do talk about (the NCAA Tournament). Right now we still feel like it’s an obtainable goal, but it’s something we’re going to have to work for. We don’t have much more room for error so we need to capitalize on everything.”

On Gottfried being a ‘one game at a time’ type of guy…
“He has to look at it like that. You have to be like that, you have to take care of your business and you can’t play 2 or 3 teams at one time, so focus on the task at hand and then move on to what’s next.”

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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NC State Men’s Basketball Will Play in the 2025 Maui Invitational

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The NC State Men’s Basketball Team will be playing in the 2025 Maui Invitational, on November 24-26 in Hawaii. This will mark the first time that NC State has ever played in the Maui Invitational.

NC State will be joined by Baylor, Oregon, Seton Hall, Texas, UNLV, USC and Chaminade.

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