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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts’ Press Conference After NC State Beat St. Peter’s 85-57

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NC State mowed over Saint Peter’s last night 85-57 (ACCDN Highlights and Condensed Game), improving to 5-0 on the year. Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts spoke to the media in his postgame press conference, and the video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • We came out in the first half and played extremely well. There was a 12 or 13 minute stretch where I thought we did a great job defending those guys. I’m proud of my team because in these five games leading into Thanksgiving, they have played extremely hard.
  • We’re not doing everything great. As a coach, I can find things we need to work on. Because we’re a young group as far as maturity and playing together, I’m trying to work these guys up to being able to play 40 minutes a game.
  • I’m happy with the guys. They’ll have tomorrow off and those who are close by will get a chance to spend a little time with their family and we’ll have a Thanksgiving dinner for the team on Thursday. We’ll enjoy it and get ready for Saturday.
  • We started the game with 16 assists on maybe 18 made field goals. That was very, very good. Shared the basketball and got good shots. For the game, we had 20 assists on 27 made field goals.  We’ve talked about passing up good shots for great shots.
  • Defensively, I thought we did well. I would love to know how many deflections we had for the game. Guys are in the passing lane and guys are playing hard. Our style of play is tough because we pick you up 94 feet the entire game and you’ve got to be in incredible shape to do that. It’s a work in progress. I think we can play probably 32 or 33 minutes of it, but we’re going to work our way up to where we can play longer stretches.
  • I’m not ready to call him (Jericole Hellems) the microwave yet, but he can score off the bench. Talented freshman. Works hard. Deserves to play well. What I like about him is his ability to shoot behind the three-point line, his ability to put the ball on the floor, and his ability to rebound the basketball. He gives us a guy off the bench that can really score.
  • The great thing about it is, I think the officials were trying to help both teams out, because all 3 big guys ended up with 2 fouls early. I think that was a great thing, because we were able to put Jericole at the five,  and then just switch all screens. There will be situations where we’ll play that way, believe it or not, throughout the season. He’s a little bit dangerous on the offensive end. We ran a play for him and he nailed a three. I looked like a good coach, because I called it for my center, who is not a center.
  • That’s something we talked about at the end of the game (playing a complete game). There is no team in college basketball right now that has put 40 minutes of basketball together. The times that we have played well, we have played really, really well. I’m proud of these guys and how hard they’ve competed in the times that we’ve played well.
  • It’s important we’re shooting the ball with confidence. To be a good shooting team, you have to be a great passing team. If you look at every team that shoots the ball well, they’re good passers. We’re starting to pass the ball well.

 

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NC State Moved up to #31 in the NET Rankings After Syracuse

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NC State moved up 6 spots, from #37 to #31, in the NET Rankings after beating Syracuse 73-58 on Wednesday night. 

The NET Rankings have replaced the RPI as the primary shaper of the NCAA Tournament field.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, which will be known as the NET, relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.

The NET was built to create a ranking system that was as accurate as possible while also evaluating team performance fairly. To ensure fairness, certain types of data were omitted from the model. Of key importance, game date and order were omitted to give equal importance to both early and late-season games. In addition, a cap of 10 points was applied to the winning margin to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain. (NCAA)

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball ACC Slate for the Next 3 Years

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The ACC released the conference schedules for Men’s Basketball for the next three years today.

Why is that noteworthy?

Well, beginning next year, the ACC slate will increase from 18 games to 20 games.

Here’s a look at what conference play will look like for the Wolfpack the next three seasons.

It’s worth noting that NC State will play the team that wears dark blue over in Durham twice tomorrow.

The 20-game ACC slate is locked in for three years.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones is No Longer on NC State’s Basketball Team

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Former Kentucky player and 5-Star prospect in High School, Sacha Killeya-Jones, is no longer a member of the NC State Men’s Basketball team.

Under transfer rules, Killeya-Jones is sitting out this season as a redshirt, and would have had two years of eligibility left in Raleigh.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts addressed Killeya-Jones’ absence from the bench last night after the game.

(Sacha) Killeya-Jones is currently not a member of our program and that’s all I can say right now. (Link)

Exactly why he is no longer a member of the program is unclear at this point.

Killeya-Jones is originally a native of Chapel Hill, but played his high school ball at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. After originally committing to UVA, Jones eventually committed to go to Kentucky. Jones was a consensus 5-Star recruit, and ranked as the #23 overall player in the class of 2016.

Standing 6’11”, Killeya-Jones was a big component of the future of NC State’s frontcourt. This year, the Wolfpack have no depth in this area, with Wyatt Walker (GR JR) and DJ Funderburk (RS SO) serving as the only “big men.” Next year was going to be a luxury, with both Walker and Funderburk returning, and the addition of Killeya-Jones and Manny Bates (FR), who had shoulder surgery this season.

NC State still has 2 scholarships available in 2019. The Wolfpack coaching staff is in hot pursuit of Christian Brown, and has space to add a big man alongside of him.

 

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NC State’s Eric Lockett Charged With Assault, Suspended Indefinetly

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UPDATE

Graduate Senior Eric Lockett wasn’t with his NC State teammates last night in their 73-58 victory over Syracuse because he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend on Tuesday night.

He was arrested this morning.

Before last night’s game, NC State released that Lockett wasn’t with the team due to a “personal matter.”

After the game when asked, Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts didn’t have any further comment.

“I won’t comment on (Eric) Lockett or (Blake) Harris further than what we’ve released.” (Link)

Lockett came to NC State this offseason as a Graduate Transfer from Florida International. He has played in 22 games (starting 2) for the Wolfpack this year, averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.

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