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Kevin Keatts Presser After Win Over #2 Duke :: Bulleted

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Kevin Keatts met with the media after NC State’s huge upset win over #2 Duke. Above is the full press conference video (Via NC State athletics) and below is the summary.

 

  • When PNC is packed, could be the toughest place to play in America. The fans were great and got them through spurts when Duke was on a run.
  • Talked all week about playing together and how that is the only way for this team to be successful. Team had 17 assists and only 10 turnovers.
  • Told team if they win they’ll have to win on the boards. They did, getting 14 offensive rebounds to their 12 and beating them overall in rebounding.
  • Credit to Duke. They are a good team, but credit these guys for bouncing back after two tough road losses to open ACC play and getting this huge win.
  • Batts grew up tonight. He came in at a time when NC State needed energy and he provided it. He and Braxton are babies being asked to grow up quick and they’re doing a great job with it.
  • Duke was ACC’s best offensive rebounding team, NC State is ACC’s 11th best defensive rebounding team, but team talked about having to beat Duke there and talked about not just the bigs, but the whole team had to fight for rebounds and block out. Outrebounding them says a lot about the team.
  • Team never lost confidence during first 2 ACC losses. State was one of two teams that started ACC play on the road. Needed to get home, sleep in own beds and get home cooking.
  • Sharing the ball better in this one started with Al Freeman. Sat down with Freeman and told him that if we’re is going to be successful we’re going to have to play off of each other. Best games all season are when everyone has shared the ball.
  • Told team at end of first half to stay the course and not allow a Duke run. Made sure Duke didn’t get out and get points in transition. Made them play against a half-court defense.
  • Told team that they were about to play against Grayson Allen and 4 freshmen who were in high school last year. Asked them to use their experience and play like veterans and they all did.
  • Omer did a really good job tonight. Scored around the basket and actually played good defense, even though when you look at it, you’ll see Bagley had 31 points and 10 boards, but he’s just that good.
  • First ACC win. So best so far. But told team, don’t be satisfied. We aren’t just trying to beat the #2 team in the nation, we are building a program that wins consistently every night.
  • Been tough to see team not shoot it well in games, when they shoot it well in practice. Team practices really hard and it all translated to the game this time.
  • Need to tell team that everyone is ranked #2. Seems like they play best when they face #2 ranked teams. But it’s key to play at home, so far in ACC, 70-80% of the home teams have won, so it was important to come home. Team felt comfortable, fans were tremendous.
  • Lavar playing better has helped the team be able to give rests to Beverly and Al. Hunt playing better also, but Lavar is coming and it’s really helping the team.
  • Great to have 3 front court guys that are basically starters. Can rotate them in and out and you feel comfortable with them in there. Big bonus.

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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Talks Before #19 NC State’s Matchup vs. #23 Louisville

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#19 NC State head coach Kevin Keatts spoke with the media today before Thursday’s road game against #23 Louisville. He broke down the latest on Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson’s availability…

The video is ABOVE (Via TheWolfpacker), and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • I think I said it the other day, he’s (Markell Johnson) a guy that could play on Thursday, or could play three or four weeks from now. I’m not going to play him until he feels mentally and physically ready to play.
    • There won’t be any pressure on our end. We’re prepared to go into every game without him. If he’s able to play…feels he can play…and the doctors and trainers say he can play…we’d definitely love to have him back in our lineup
    • He’s getting shots up with no contact at this point. He’s not moving really fast, but anything we do at the beginning where we get shots up and there is no contact, he participates in that.
    • I think he feels better each day. I typically get a report from our trainer right after practice and every night, and the report last night was he felt better after working out yesterday.
    • He took a pretty nasty fall. He doesn’t have a lot of meat in that area. He’s really, really sore.
  • DJ Funderburk’s been great. He’s long and athletic, and can get to a lot of offensive rebounds. He’s been great in that area, but he’s also done a great job with defensive presence.
    • Against Pitt he had to play a lot of minutes and did a tremendous job without getting into foul trouble. Made some shots. Ran the floor.
    • He gives us the ability on the defensive end where we can switch all screens if we have to, because he’s the only guy on our roster who can guard all five positions on the floor. He’s been very valuable to us.
    • When he’s in the game, we typically don’t have a true center. Wyatt Walker is the closest we have to a true center. We have two power forwards or two forwards when he’s on the floor.
    • At Hargrave, he was always on the front of a press. Played with energy. He played hard. Affected every aspect of the game.
    • Went JUCO and some projected him as the No. 1 JUCO in the country. He’s only going to get better as the years go on. He’ll continue to put on weight. Next year I’d love to see him add 20 more pounds to his frame.
    • It’s a couple of different things (On why he doesn’t start). I don’t like him getting into early foul trouble. He’s also played so great off the bench. Gives us a great lift. He will start games before the season is over. Don’t know when that will be, but he’s so valuable to our program.
    • I felt we had a little bit of advantage (recruiting Funderburk) because AW (Hamilton. Former Assistant Coach who is now at Eastern Kentucky) had coached him. A lot of schools backed off because they thought if NC State wanted him, we’d get him because of his relationship with AW at Hargrave.
  • I think we have to play high-level basketball to win there (Louisville). They are playing as good as any team in our conference. After the Pitt loss, I don’t think they’ve had a game closer than 10 points. They had an unbelievable win at Carolina and on the road with Georgia Tech.
    • (Jordan) Nwora is playing very good basketball. He’s shooting the ball extremely well. They are talented and play hard.
    • Chris (Mack) is doing a great job with the program.
    • My emotions are I’m hoping we can go there and get a win. I’m the NC State coach and excited about our guys. For me, it’s another great opponent on their floor. It’s so hard to win in the ACC on the road.
  • We have to be there on the catch (On what you have to do to stop Nwora). He’s really good. He reminds me so much of Cam Johnson with how he can shoot the ball with his height.
    • He’s very good around the NBA line, but he can also step back and take shots. Right now, he’s shooting into a big rim.
    • The only game in the ACC they didn’t win (Pitt), he didn’t have a great game.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Stays Put at #8 for 3rd Straight Week

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team stayed put at #8 in the Week 12 AP Poll, after defeating Virginia Tech 70-61 in overtime this past Sunday in their only game of the week.

Need I remind the voters that the Wolfpack is 18-0, and the only remaining undefeated team in all of Division-I College Basketball…Women or Men.

The Wolfpack will host the Clemson Tigers on Thursday night at 7pm.

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Remembering when Martin Luther King Jr. Spoke in NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum

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On a day when we remember Martin Luther King Jr., you might not realize that the country-shaping Civil Rights leader once spoke in NC State’s legendary Reynolds Coliseum.

On July 31st, 1966, Dr. King spoke to an integrated audience of an estimated 5,000 people in Reynolds Coliseum. Simultaneously, the Ku Klux Klan was marching the streets of Raleigh in protest to his presence. Much of Raleigh was in an uproar with King in town. Numerous churches in the area took out ads in the News & Observer inviting people to their church that week to denounce him, and oppose integration.

The night before King’s speech, there was an event in the iconic Memorial Auditorium portraying King as a communist.

Rather than a representative from NC State introducing King on their own campus, the President of Shaw University, Dr. James Cheek, introduced him.

King’s presence in North Carolina through the years wasn’t isolated to this one speech. In fact, his first “I have a dream” speech was in Rocky Mount.

As a pastor, I grieve that there were churches that denounced King that week. The integration they opposed is integral to the Gospel of Jesus. We needed to do better then, and we need to do better now. In my opinion, reconciliation, and the fighting of injustice is not optional for anyone that wants to call themselves Christian.

While we have a long way to go in our our society, I’m thankful that Raleigh and NC State aren’t in the same place they were back in 1966.

Check out all of the work and activities going on at NC State surrounding the impact of Dr. King. 

Also, please make sure to read W. Jason Miller’s article at the News & Observer, which shaped this entire piece. It’s wonderful piece of journalism. 

 

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NC State Remains in Top-20 in Week 12 Coaches Poll

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The Week 12 Coaches Poll is out, and after another 1-1 week, NC State remains in the Top-20, falling back 3 spots to #19.

ACC Teams in the Week 12 Coaches Poll Top-25

2) Duke (-)
3) Virginia (-2)
8) Virginia Tech (-1)
12) UNC (+3)
19) NC State (-3)
23) FSU (-12)
24) Louisville (+2)

 

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