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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks After Practice Before NC State vs. UNC

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media after practice today before the Wolfpack’s rivalry game versus UNC on Saturday. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • (Today) They don’t have class, so we backed everything up an hour to get a little more sleep for them. They eat here for lunch and dinner. Tomorrow after practice, non-travel guys can go home until Sunday. Everyone else goes to Angus Barn. Big meal with coaches, wives, kids and players. Then we’re back into a normal Friday.
  • (On the UNC Rivalry) Having been a part of the USC-UCLA rivalry, I kind of had been a part of something similar where you have two universities in the same city limits, basically. So I anticipated it being like that, and my first press conference here several people came up and welcomed me in and many of them mentioned “Beat Carolina”. It kind of cemented what I thought it would be, and then as you live here and you start to see how integrated the alumni base is, where you run into theirs and they run into ours everyday. It’s different.
  • (On beating UNC effecting recruiting) It can.  I think it’s selective. I think there’s some players that are between us and them…these games can matter…sometimes they don’t. Sometimes there’s other factors that matter more than the outcome of a game…most cases that’s true. They’re putting a lot of their attention on the things that matter to them and their family and if it’s a tie going into it, maybe that swings it, I don’t know.
  • It’s a state where there’s a lot of pride with our alumni base and obviously they have the same with theirs. So to own a rivalry for that year is nice. It’s nice to have that.
  • Our linebackers have been very productive. Obviously, Germaine is in the top five in the league in tackles. He’s made a lot of plays for our defense this year. Isaiah (Moore) and Louis (Acceus) compliment each other and both had outstanding games. Isaiah played his best game last week. Brock (Miller) is getting better and better each week…taken a ton of reps. They have been fun to watch. Calvin Hart is young, has gotten a lot of reps, and is going to be a really good player here.
  • (On favorite Thanksgiving food) The green bean casserole with the old French onion deals on top of it. I love that. I’m a dark Turkey guy. Put some gravy on there and some sweet potatoes, and I’m a happy dog.

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The NEW & HUGE Video Board at PNC Arena has been Raised!

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Back in the Spring, news broke that a new video board was going to be hung up in PNC Arena before NC State’s upcoming Men’s Basketball season, and today we got our first look at it raised up in the rafters.

The video board is a whopping 4,000 square feet hanging in the air.

That’s 180% larger than the old one.

 

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Tip-Off Times Set for Most of NC State’s 2019-20 ACC Slate

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The NC State Men’s Basketball schedule was released last Thursday, but the tip-off times for all but one of their ACC games now have been revealed.

The only ACC game we don’t know the tip-off time for is the game at Wake Forest on December 7th.

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Katz Projects NC State as a #10 Seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 50 Days Out

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We are 50 days out from the start of the 2019-20 College Men’s Basketball season, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released an early Bracketology, projecting that NC State will be a #10 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, playing St. Mary’s in the 1st Round.

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Athlon Predicts NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team to Finish 5th in ACC in 2019-20

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and they predict that NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will finish 5th in the ACC this season.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. UNC
  4. UVA
  5. NC State
  6. FSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Miami
  9. Syracuse
  10. Georgia Tech
  11. Clemson
  12. Boston College
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Virginia Tech

Here’s a rundown of what they had to say about the Wolfpack.

  • Returning 6 of top 7 scorers from last year
  • Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk needs to rebound more consistently, and stay out of foul trouble.
  • The version of Senior Markell Johnson that finished the season will be needed for NC State to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
    • Needs to be a consistent leader and scorer.
  • Junior Braxton Beverly needs to figure out a way to run more hot than cold.
  • Consistency from Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels would go a long way.
  • Team should be back in the NCAA Tournament.
  • With a reloading year for Duke, UVA and UNC, Keatts will get few opportunities like this one.

Pick up your own copy of Athlon’s 2019 College Basketball Preview at your local store.

 

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