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NC State looks to stay unbeaten vs. Bryant: Preview, Info & Streaming Options

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Kevin Keatt’s Wolfpack will look to stay unbeaten as they take on the Bryant Bulldogs tonight at 7:00 PM in Raleigh.

Gametime: 7pm
How to Watch: Streaming online @ WatchESPN
Location: PNC Arena
Tickets: Available here


Get to know Bryant: 

Bryant comes into this game 0-1, having lost to Georgia by 25 in their season opener. They are another group that is likely going to play small and rely on their guards for production.

Their go-to scorer is sophomore Adam Grant. He’s a 6’1 athletic guard with a very pretty jumper. He poured in 24 points on 18 shots against Georgia. He will team up with seniors guards Hunter Wear and  Bosco Kostur, both of whom struggle to score consistently.

Bryant doesn’t really have much returning scoring to speak of. Only Adam Grant really shouldered any scoring load last season. They do however have a pretty decent freshman forward in 6’7 Ryan Layman who put up 12 points (albeit on 13 shots).

Overall this is a team that has some experience. The problem is, that experience isn’t all that talented.

Bryant will rely on their younger guys to emerge and lead them in scoring if they are going to stay in the game against the Pack.


History vs Bryant

  • Tuesday’s meeting will mark the first meeting ever between the two programs.
  • NC State has an all-time record of 9-1 against teams from the Northeast Conference.
  • The Pack will face another NEC foe later in the season when Robert Morris visits PNC Arena on Dec. 19.


What to watch for

If NC State can rip off another 20 point victory, it would be the first time since the 2004-2005 season that they’ve beaten their first three opponents by 2o or more.

This Bryant team has some senior ball handlers, so it will be interesting to how they deal with press, however on paper it doesn’t look like they have the size or the horses to really exploit NC State’s aggressive defense.

The Wolfpack’s focus is going to be suring up the areas that they fell short in on Saturday. They need to do their best to dictate pace and flow. The bigs need to play a lot more physical to win the battle of the boards. And the halfcourt defense needs to keep up the intensity but play more under control. Too many times guys went flying past a shooter who pump-faked, leaving the help-side forced to shift and commit. Although the effort was good on recovery, it still forced too much chaos on the defensive end when a simple strong close-out would have been sufficient.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on Yurtseven. He’s putting up numbers in limited minutes, but he’s not passing the eye test just yet. We really want to see him show more confidence and physicality on the blocks. We believe he can and we hope he will. A productive Yurt could make NC State a contender.

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Kevin Keatts Leads NC State Men’s Basketball Team in Beach Workout in Wilmington

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This past weekend NC State Men’s Basketball head coach Kevin Keatts took his Wolfpack squad down to his old stomping grounds, Wilmington, North Carolina, for a beach workout. Keatts served as the head coach at UNC-Wilmington for three seasons (2014-2017) before taking the reins at NC State. He has been an active advocate for helping those that have been effected by Hurricane Florence, and if you purchase a $10 ticket for this Friday’s Primetime with the Pack, all the proceeds will go to charity to assist those in need.

As you can tell from the video above, and the photos below, these boys have been putting in their work in the weight room this offseason.

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MIC’D UP MONDAYS: Go inside practice with new assistant Roy Roberson

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In what is becoming our new favorite series from @PackMensbball, new assistant coach Roy Roberson is mic’d up during an NC State practice.

Go behind the scenes and inside Roberson’s coaching style as he begs his guys to take charges and helps the upperclassman with leadership strategies.

If you missed last weeks’ episode with Coach Siddle, check it out now.

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Could NC State Start the 2019-20 Basketball Season in ACC Play?

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According to CBSSports’ College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein, numerous ACC schools have been informed by the ACC to not schedule games for the first two days of the 2019-20 college basketball schedule, because they are planning conference games to open the year.

Why would the ACC do this, when it hasn’t been done in decades?

The launch of the ACC Network is scheduled to launch in 2019.

This looks like a ploy to spike the ratings of the new network to start their 1st basketball season.

The last time NC State opened up the college basketball season against an ACC opponent was when the Wolfpack faced Wake Forest and North Carolina in their 1st two games of the 1979-80 season in the Big Four Tournament. The Big Four Tournament was an early-season tournament consisting of the ACC teams on Tobacco Road: NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke. The Big Four didn’t always kick off the season, but it always fell early in the year. In the 11 seasons of the Big Four Tournament (1971-81), the Wolfpack started the season facing two of their ACC Tobacco Road rivals only twice (also the 76-77 season).

Prior to the Big Four Tournament, the Wolfpack only started the season with two ACC games twice (1962-63 & 1967-68).

In total, since the formation of the ACC in 1953, NC State has only started the college basketball season against an ACC opponent 4 times, let alone 2 consecutive ACC games to open the season.

1979-80: UNC – 84-97 (L) & Wake Forest – 70-65 (W)
1976-77: UNC – 66-78 (L) & Duke – 82-84 (L)
1967-68: Wake Forest – 79-63 (W) & Maryland – 75-62 (W)
1962-63: Clemson – 56-55 (W) & Wake Forest – 58-66 (L)

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NC State’s PNC Arena is the 8th Largest Arena in College Basketball

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NCAA.com ran a piece earlier his week breaking down the 9 largest arenas in college basketball, and PNC Arena, the home of the Wolfpack, is the 8th largest.

1) Carrier Dome/Syracuse/34,616
2) Rupp Arena/Kentucky/23,000
3) KFC Yum! Center/Louisville/22,090
4) Dean Smith Center/UNC/21,750
5) Thompson-Boling Arena/Tennessee/21,678
6) Capital One Arena/Georgetown/20,356
7) Madison Square Garden/St. John’s/19,812
8) PNC Arena/NC State/19,722
9) Bud Walton Arena/Arkansas/19,200

Here’s what they had to say about PNC Arena:

The Wolfpack made the move from Reynolds Coliseum to PNC Arena in 1999. North Carolina State’s home can accommodate 19,722 fans on game days. Unlike many other college basketball arenas, Wolfpack fans can dine at a 300-seat restaurant without leaving the action. The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes also play at PNC. (NCAA)

NC State ranked 12th in average attendance in 2017-18.

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