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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts’ Press Conference After NC State Beat Mercer 78-74

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts talked to the media in his postgame press conference after NC State squeaked by Mercer 78-74. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • First thing I want to do is congratulate our football team. Earned a heck of a road win and have done a good job with that program.
  • Braxton Beverly is probably going to have to shave his beard now. I told him if he ever went 0-4 he would have to shave his beard, so we will probably have a conversation tomorrow.
  • We needed a game where we had to really finish the game.
  • The first five games we played, they were a little lopsided. We did have the opportunity to try and execute at the end of the game. I thought we did some good things and I thought we had some things we need to work on. I look forward to getting back in the gym and getting after it.
  • It’s tough to win by a larger margin when you shoot 16-for-29 from the free throw line.
  • I wanted to bring Devon Daniels off the bench to kind of look at the game and to see the flow of the game (when asked about starting Braxton Beverly). He was a little more comfortable today. He had been pressing the first couple of games. It was more about Devon, than it was about Braxton. I just wanted him to settle in and see the game.
    • Had to do the same thing last year with Allerik Freeman. Al struggled for a while and then we brought him out for a stretch. He saw the game and worked his way back in.
  • I don’t know that it makes me happy (close game), but it gives me the opportunity to take the tape with those guys and talk about end-of-game situations. As a coach we practice it and we talk about it, but if you don’t experience it during the game, it’s tough.
  • We did some great things at the end, but we fouled too much. Torin Dorn took a shot too early in the shot clock when we could have burned some clock. These are all teaching moments for us.
  • I don’t know if they’re (Mercer) a tournament team. I don’t know if we’re a tournament team. I hope we both are. He’s done a great job. You can’t ignore what he’s done in his career there. They’re a tremendous team. They make you work for everything.
  • I thought we made a couple of big shots when we needed it at the end. Torin Dorn made some shots. Even though we missed a few free throws, Eric Lockett stepped up and made a couple of really big shots. We switched out and guarded the three-point line well, even though we got driven by and gave up layups. With a team like Mercer, we wanted to guard the three-point line first.
  • I haven’t had a chance to watch Wisconsin yet. I’m one of those guys that is very superstitious. I won’t watch a team we’re playing until we’re about to play those guys to prepare. We’ll watch a little film tonight. It’s a different team, a different year, and a different situation.

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#10 NC State Women’s Basketball Defeats Georgetown 76-65, Ties 2nd Best Start in Program History

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The #10 NC State Women’s Basketball team defeated Georgetown 76-65 in their first true road game of the season yesterday, improving to 10-0, tying the 2nd best start in program history (1990-91 & 1997-98). If the Wolfpack win the next 4 games, they will tie the 1999-2000 squad’s school best 14-0 start.

Freshman Center Elissa Cunane led the Pack in scoring, with 23 points off the bench (career high). Graduate Senior Guard Kiara Leslie chipped in 18 points, hitting 4 of her 5 three-point attempts. She is shooting 44% from beyond the arch on the year. Redshirt Junior Guard Grace Hunter, the Pack’s leading scorer, filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Junior Guard Aislinn Konig was the 4th Wolfpack player in double figures, with 12 points on 4 three-pointers (4-12).

Senior Forward DD Rodgers had a whopping 20 rebounds, which marks the 5th highest single-game total in school history.

NC State held the Hoyas to 36.8% shooting, and out-rebounded them 49-28.

The Wolfpack will try to claim sole possession of the 2nd best start in school history at home against Maine next Saturday at 6pm.

(Photo Credit: GoPack)

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KenPom Ranks NC State 25th After Western Carolina

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NC State beat Western Carolina 100-67 last night, improving to 8-1 on the year.

Stat guru KenPom’s formula ranks the Wolfpack 25th after the victory.

Through 9 games, NC State ranks 7th in the ACC.

1) Duke
3) Virginia
7) UNC
11) Virginia Tech
16) Florida State
18) Syracuse
25) NC State
32) Clemson
41) Louisville
42) Miami
56) Notre Dame
72) Georgia Tech
77) Boston College
112) Pittsburgh
148) Wake Forest

For what it’s worth, the highest the Wolfpack was ranked in KenPom’s formula last year was 39th, after starting 109th (finished 46th).

NC State started this season ranked 36th.

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VIDEO: NC State Dedicates Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum

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In 1949, Reynolds Coliseum was opened, named after businessman and sportsman William Neal Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 2007, the basketball court in Reynolds Coliseum was named after Hall of Fame NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow.

Prior to last nights 100-67 victory over Western Carolina, NC State officially dedicated James T. Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum.

Valvano was the coach at NC State for 10 years (1980-90), leading the Cardiac Pack to a national championship in 1983.

He also led the Wolfpack to two ACC Tournament Championships (1983 & 1987) and two ACC Regular Season Championships (1985 & 1989).

The Wolfpack advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 7 of his 10 seasons:

1 National Championship
2 Elite Eights
1 Sweet 16

Check out the ACC Digital Networks video of the dedication ABOVE, and NC State’s is below.

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VIDEO: Daniels, Hellems & Harris Talk After NC State’s 100-67 Victory Over Western Carolina

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Redshirt Sophomore’s Devon Daniels and Blake Harris, and Freshman Jericole Hellems met with the media after NC State’s 100-67 victory over Western Carolina last night (Highlights). The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Daniels: It was a great experience (playing in Reynolds). The fans are right on the court. I liked it a lot. There was a lot of energy in the gym and I think we all felt that.
  • Hellems: Of course, being my first time playing in there. It was a blessing and an amazing experience to have the support from the fans and then obviously with it being loud. I enjoyed myself.
  • Harris: Playing at Reynolds was a great time. My first time. Great crowd. A lot of intensity. I liked it.
  • Daniels: You know, I think everybody knows about his (Valvano) story, but to actually play for the school he represented, it’s a different meaning. You can definitely tell how much of an impact he had on the community. It was a great experience playing here…playing for him and the fans.
  • Hellems: Just knowing the legacy that he created with the team that he coached. It’s a blessing to have NC State across your chest, knowing the history behind it. Having this opportunity to play with NC State is a blessing.
  • Harris: I thought it was wonderful that we got the W on the day they changed the arena to his name.
  • Daniels: I think I was just over-thinking it (getting adjusted to Keatts system). I was just worried about trying to get comfortable, thinking about it way too much. I just settled down, kept it simple, trusted the offense, and it came a lot easier. I just kept listening to my coaches, putting in the work and it helped a lot.
  • Daniels: We are trying to have the mindset just to stay consistent. Playing versus anybody, but definitely playing versus ranked teams at different arenas…we always get excited about that. It’s another chance to prove ourselves and get better. So, I think we’re definitely ready and we’re definitely excited (to face Penn State in the Boardwalk Classic Saturday in Atlantic City).
  • Harris: Our bond is amazing. We all fit together. We’re not selfish at all. We’re all like brothers. We just want to win and make Coach Keatts happy.
  • Hellems: Like Blake was saying, I think we’re all just creating bonds, having fun, and trusting in each other. Obviously, it showed tonight that we played good together, weather any circumstances, and the next game is going to be the same way.
  • Daniels: We’re growing every game. The more we compete together and know each other’s tendencies, I feel like we’re coming along good. We’ve played some pretty good teams. Some ranked opponents. That has helped us bond and I think we’re just going to keep on getting better. Better and stronger.
  • Daniels: Sheesh. Those wolf heads on the Gucci loafers. Crazy

(Video via WRAL)

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