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Major rule changes set to shake up NCAA Basketball

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This morning, the NCAA rolled out a few rule (major) rule changes…

This is a big shift for the NCAA and it’s mostly a good thing, however, there are a few things we want to add…

  • This ‘players can be repped by agents’ rule doesn’t mean players can have agents who broker shoe deals and video game deals. This is strictly about AFTER a season when a player is thinking about entering the draft. At that point, the player can hire an agent to help with that process. That is good news, but it doesn’t solve the ‘payment of players’ problem that the NCAA has been facing.
  • NCAA certifying agents. Hmm. Interesting. I’m not sure how that is going to work out. On one hand, the NCAA is trying to stop that first rule into becoming a free-for-all where kids are hiring ‘handlers’ or ‘AAU’ coaches who are hoping to latch and one day become their representation. But who can be a certified agent? Hopefully they can word this rule so that smaller agents who are doing things the right way are not punished or left out of the process.
  • Player can be eligible for NBA Draft and return to school if undrafted. Ok this is a great rule and as an NC State fan I’m so glad to see this. How many guys has the Pack lost to the NBA draft, only to watch them go undrafted and toil away in the G-League or overseas? The answer is ‘way too many.’ This rule should have been implemented years ago, and we’re glad to see it finally passed. (fyi: it could come into play with a guy like Markell Johnson next offseason)
  • And finally, major investigations will be done by a 3rd party, which is good as long as the 3rd party isn’t one that is likely to be swayed by the “NCAA Enforcement staff” that is allowed to be invovled.
  • Not mentioned here is the fact that bans will be longer if you are in violation of NCAA rules.

    “The NCAA said coaches and staff members who break its rules will face more severe penalties, including longer postseason bans (up to five years), longer head coach suspensions (beyond one season) and longer employment limitations (potentially lifetime show-cause orders).” (ESPN)

But at the end of the day, this tweet is the most descriptive of the changes…

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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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