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Markell Johnson Leads NC State to 80-65 Win Over Vanderbilt, Kevin Keatts Picks up 100th Win

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NC State defeated Vanderbilt 80-65 tonight in the Miami HoopHall Invitational to improve to 7-1 on the season for the second time since the 2006-07 season (2009-10 & 2014-15). The victory was the Wolfpack’s 1st over a Power 5 school this season.

In doing so, head coach Kevin Keatts picked up his 100th win, 8 games into his 5th season as a college basketball head coach.

The Wolfpack didn’t trail for a single second against the Commodores.

NC State’s defensive intensity staggered Vanderbilt:

Against NC State/Season Average Before Game

Points Scored: 60/87.8
Field Goal Percentage: 39.3%/49.3%
3-Point Percentage: 13.6%/37.8%
Rebounds: 33/43.2

Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk was the standout for the Wolfpack in the 1st half, scoring all 16 of his points in the first period (5-10 FG).

Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson continued to look like a superstar. After returning from an injury with a knee brace on, Johnson scored 15 points in 3 minutes (6:40-2:41), with 12 of those being consecutive. He finished the night with 19 points (7-10 FG), 7 assists and 6 rebounds.

Rebounding was a concern coming into the season, but NC State continues to out-rebound their opponents, snagging 13 more than Vandy.

The Wolfpack led by 12 at the half, and ended up winning by 15 points, more than doubling the 6-point spread.

The Wolfpack’s next game will be in Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday night against Western Carolina, as NC State commemorates James T. Valvano Arena before the game.

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Primetime with the Pack: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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The NC State Men and Women’s Basketball teams put on a show for the fans last night at Primetime with the Pack at Reynold’s Coliseum.

Freshman Dereon Seabron won the dunk contest. Graduate Senior Pat Andree won the three-point contest. Sophomore Jericole Hellems won the skills competition.

The Men’s Basketball team have a “secret” scrimmage against East Carolina tomorrow, and their first Exhibition Game is next Sunday, October 27th, against Mount Olive. The season opener at home against Georgia Tech is on November 5th.

The Women’s Basketball team have an Exhibition Game against Anderson in Reynolds Coliseum on October 31st, and their season opener is on November 6th against North Carolina A&T at home.

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Andy Katz Ranks NC State’s Markell Johnson as the #4 Player in the ACC

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released a podcast two days ago previewing the 2019-20 ACC Men’s Basketball season, and he thinks that NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson is the 4th best player in the conference.

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Here’s what Katz had to say about Johnson in the Top-10 breakdown on the podcast.

“He’s a stat stuffer. If NC State goes to the NCAA Tournament, Markell Johnson will lead them. At ACC Media Day told me that he needs to come more out of his shell. He knows that. To be much more demonstrative. Kevin Keatts is putting it on him to become a player like that.” (Katz)

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NC State Being Sued by N&O, WRAL, ABC11 & NY Times

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According to Will Doran of the N&O, the News & Observer, WRAL, ABC11, and the New York Times have filed a lawsuit against NC State for refusing to turn over records related to Dennis Smith Jr. and the NCAA’s investigation into the Men’s Basketball program.

The article claims that for the past two years, the university has been “knowingly and intentionally violating the law by refusing to turn over public records.” Specifically, documentation of electronic communication and phone records have been denied according to the report.

After the release of the article, a spokesperson of the university reached out to Doran last night to inform him that they had “not seen or been served with the lawsuit and would wait to comment until officials have reviewed it.” The spokesperson also had this to say in a statement:

“N.C. State has released thousands of pages of documents and has acted in good faith and transparency throughout the federal and NCAA investigations,” the spokesperson said. “In addition, the university was prepared to release extensive phone records, but that release has been blocked by a temporary court order.” (N&O)

You can read Doran’s article in full here.

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3 NC State Women’s Basketball Players Earn Preseason Honors

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The Blue Ribbon Panel and Head Coaches released their Preseason All-ACC Teams today, and NC State Sophomore Center Elissa Cunane and Senior Guard Aislinn Konig both earned honors.

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Cunane made both teams, while Konig only made the Head Coaches team.

In her first season, Cunane averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Konig averaged 10.7 points and 3.8 assists per game as a Junior, shooting 40.1% from three-point range. Her 214 career three-pointers ranks 5th in program history, and her 93 three-pointers made last year broke her record from the year before (91) for trifecta’s made in a single season.

NC State has had at least one player earn 1st Team All-ACC honors at seasons end the past three years.

Freshman Guard Jakia Brown-Turner made the Newcomer Watch List for both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Head Coaches.

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Brown-Turner was a McDonald’s All-American, and the #15 player in the 2019 recruiting class according to ESPN.

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