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Keatts Presser after Charleston Southern Win :: Bulleted

Keatts Presser after Charleston Southern Win :: Bulleted

Keatts met with the media following NC State’s 78-56 win over Charleston Southern. Here is a snapshot of what he had to say:

Opening comments…

  • Interesting game, but a game the team needed to have.
  • Guys were letting defense suffer because they weren’t playing well on offense.
  • Team was not sharp out of the gate
  • Thank God team found Sam Hunt and he knocked down shots in first half
  • Thought we played well on defense, only gave up 21 points in the first half
  • Good Stat: Past two games, turned over both teams more time than they had made FGs.
  • Encouraged that team found a way to win when offense was not clicking.
  • Good job finishing the game.
  • Happy with the win, but time to get back in the gym and figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.

On how 3s help stretch the floor…

  • The current group is doing a great job of spacing the floor and finding open guys.
  • This is the first time team had more turnovers than assists, but still had 13 assists on 25 made FGs. A good ratio.
  • Al Freeman passed on some open shots early. Not sure if someone got to him and told him to put it on the floor more?
  • Making 3s helps offense most right now

On whether this team will be able to shoot it well consistently…

  • Like’s teams ability to make shots.
  • Thinks Al Freeman, Hunt are great shot makers. Markell and Batts getting better.
  • The more work the team puts in and if they continue to play at their pace, they will become a very good shooting team.

On how helpful is it to have a bunch of games back to back this early in the season…

  • Didn’t realize it at first. Games are coming really quickly, but it’s good for the team.
  • Told team if they are going to win a championship they are going to have to be able to be able to play back to back games at high level.
  • No excuses about how many games we play in a row. They are scheduled and we have to play them.
  • Lots of great things to take from this game, but a lot to work on. But will take 2-0.

On what have you seen from Markell over the first 2 games…

  • Didn’t think Markell was Markell in this game.
  • Sure he almost had a triple-double but he didn’t take care of the ball. 7 turnovers.
  • Can’t ignore the points and assists in back to back games, but he wasn’t sharp in this one.
  • Don’t know why, but sometimes it happens. Everything else was good.

On if there is any difference between practice and learning in game (in terms of style of play/energy)…

  • No, that was more Charleston Southern than us.
  • Thought they came out with a great game plan to slow down pace
  • When you looked at CSU’s opener vs Davidson you think “Thats not a good team” but Davidson made 23 3s against them.
  • Davidson was a buzz-saw that night. CSU wasn’t bad.
  • CSU did good job of not trying to run with us, but trying to control pace of play.

On if there is an Abu update?

  • Now sure at the moment.
  • Going back to Dr. early this week and won’t have an update until then.
  • Sometimes you don’t realize you don’t have leading scorer from last year on the floor.
  • Getting Abu back adds another dimension to the team, but it’s important for others to get minutes while he’s out.

On winning and not scoring near 100

  • Excited about this team. Told them they are getting better and just because they are a transition team doens’t mean they’ll have nights like this. (scoring in the 70s)
  • If you are going to win a championship you have to learn how to win all types of games.

On the feeling coming out of week one 2-0…

  • Feel good but looking for improvement.
  • Take one game at a time.
  • Half the country is 1-0 and half is 0-1. After tonight some going to be 2-0, 1-1 or 0-2.
  • Would rather be 2-0. is an independently run content site that exclusively covers NC State basketball and football. Started in late 2007 by two former students with the goal of integrating the latest in web content delivery into a Wolfpack sports site, free of charge to the user.

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