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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Presser After NC State Beat Western Carolina 100-67

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NC State defeated Western Carolina 100-67 last night, improving to 8-1 on the year (Highlights). Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after the game. The video is ABOVE and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • What an honor to have Pam Valvano and her daughters here for the special dedication for Jimmy Valvano. It was a great night and I’m glad that we could be apart of it.
  • Every time his speech comes on, I can’t turn it off. I have to listen to it. I’ve probably listened to it 2,000 times. It’s probably one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard. The reason: during his times of struggle, all he could think about was helping someone else.
  • As a basketball coach, we love to win. Yet we have to ask ourselves this: when you’re gone and no longer on Earth, how do people look at you? When you think about what he did, what he said, and how’s he helped raise so much money even though he’s not here anymore, you know that says so much about him as a man and as a person. I’m just proud to be here and honored to be a part of it.
  • I don’t have a number (of deflections) for the game, but I know we had 18 at the half. That gave me a chance to yell at them, because we’re supposed to have 20 per half. We turned them over 21 times in the second half, so I was happy with that. We had 33 for the game, so I would say we got over 40 deflections.
  • I love my team. I told you guys in the beginning of the year that what stands out about this team is its versatility. I just told those guys in the locker room that on any given night, if we stay together and fight together, anybody could lead us in scoring, and we could be a very good basketball team.
  • Blake Harris played great. Jericole Hellems was good (career high), anDevon Daniels was very good tonight.
  • I told them to embrace the moment. This is my 2nd chance to play in this electric building. What a great place. Add on the fact that there was the dedication to Jimmy Valvano, and it was unbelievable.
  • Devon Daniels had a couple of good days of practice. I feel you play the way you practice. He was locked in. It’s funny as a coach, and I told my assistant coaches today he would have a great game in here.
  • I’m going to petition this year that we can have our ACC games in Reynolds.
  • Blake’s (Harris) a good player. It’s tough when you come into a program and you’re a transfer, trying to figure out how you fit in. That’s what has happened to Blake so far, and I think now he understands what his role is.
  • The same thing has happened with all of our guys. Since we have so many new pieces, 1-by-1 you’ll see guys starting to play a little bit better because they’re starting to get comfortable with the system.
  • Here’s what’s happened with my shoes: I’ll give props to Takayo Siddle, my assistant coach, for my shoes. He calls me into his office and he says, “Coach, I have some shoes that you should buy. They’re head coaches shoes. I can’t get them.” I said, “Why can’t you get them? You make a lot of money.” He said, “Coach, they’re just head coaches shoes.” He showed me where to get them, and I went online. They’re Gucci wolves heads, and they just happened to match up great with NC State. As you guys know, I am a shoe guy. I had to have them, and I thought this was a special moment to pull them out.
  • I love Jericole (Hellems). As we continue to build the program, we need freshman like Jericole to play well and build the program, especially with a lot of transfers. If I can get more freshman to help build the program for the future, that’s great. He’s going to be good. His role right now, in his mind, is to come in and score. I want him to come in and play great defense and pass the ball, and then score. He’s going to be a good basketball player for us.

(Video via GoPack)

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Play Memphis in 2019-20

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Wolfpack fans are sick and tired of hearing about their weak non-conference schedule.

News broke today that it might be a little bit stronger in 2019-20, with NC State facing Memphis up in Brooklyn in the Barclays Center Classic.

Memphis basketball will take on North Carolina State as part of the Barclays Center Classic next season, according to a contract obtained by The Commercial Appeal through an open records request. (Link)

Memphis is 22-13 this season in Penny Hardaway’s first season as head coach, and NC State actually has the chance to face the Tigers in two weeks in the championship game of the NIT on April 4th.

Despite losing their two leading scorers, Hardaway is bringing the #8 recruiting class in the nation to Memphis next season, including the #1 overall player James Wiseman.

The Wolfpack will also play at Auburn next year, after hosting the Tigers this season.

NC State will also host their opponent in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this year, after heading to Wisconsin this past year.

The News & Observer’s Joe Giglio pointed out the fact that the ACC Tournament will be in Greensboro next year, and the Wolfpack typically schedules a non-conference game when that’s the case, so UNC-Greensboro or Elon could be a possibility.

 

 

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NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 4 Finalists for Naismith Coach of the Year Award

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NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 4 Finalists for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, along with Lisa Bluder (Iowa), Kim Mulkey (Baylor) and Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State).

Beginning March 22, 2019, fans will be able to support their favorite finalist by visiting naismithtrophy.com/vote until April 3, to cast their ballot. The fan vote will account for five percent of the overall final vote. The 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year will be announced on April 6, and the winner will be honored at their school at a later date.

“Each of these coaches has what it takes to win the Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year honor,” said Stacy Gardella, vice president of brand marketing at WernerCo. “We look forward to watching these coaches inspire their teams throughout the tournament.”

About the finalists:

Lisa Bluder, Iowa
• Bluder led her team to the program’s first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001.
• Her Hawkeyes have a record of 26-6.
• With 35 years total of coaching experience, she has led the Hawkeyes to 18 postseason appearances in
her 19 years coaching at Iowa.
• Bluder’s Hawkeyes are the No. 2 seed in the Greensboro Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Wes Moore, N.C. State
• Moore guided his team to be the only remaining undefeated team in women’s or men’s basketball until
the team’s faceoff with North Carolina on Feb. 3, breaking a streak of 21 consecutive wins.
• He is the first coach in history to advance three different teams to the NCAA Tournament at the Division
I, II and III levels.
• His team has a record of 26-5 and 12-4 in the conference.
• Moore’s Wolfpack are the No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament’s Greensboro Region.

Kim Mulkey, Baylor
• In her 19th year as head coach, Mulkey led her team to its 10th regular season and 10th Big 12
Tournament championship title.
• Her Bears hold a record 31-1 this season.
• Earning the No. 1 ranking in the final Associated Press (AP) Top 25 poll, her team has won 23 straight
games, currently the longest winning streak in the country.
• The Bears are seeded No. 1 in the Greensboro Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State University
• This season, Schaefer guided Mississippi State to the program’s first Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Tournament championship and its second regular-season SEC title.
• His Bulldogs have a 30-2 record with 15-1 conference standing and have been in the AP Top 25 for 93
straight weeks.
• Schaefer was honored with the SEC Coach of the Year, becoming just the sixth coach to have earned the
SEC honor multiple times.
• The Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed in the Portland Region in the NCAA Tournament. (Link)

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NC State to Play Harvard in the 2nd Rd of the NIT on Sunday Night

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Last night #6 seed Harvard (19-11) defeated #3 seed Georgetown 71-68 in the 1st round of the 2019 NIT, setting up a matchup with #2 seed NC State (23-11) in Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday night at 7:30pm in the 2nd round.

ESPN’s BPI Matchup Predictor is giving the Wolfpack a 92.9% chance of victory.

KenPom is giving NC State 85% chance of victory, projecting a 78-66 final score.

ESPN’s BPI ranks NC State 27th, and Harvard 119th.

KenPom ranks the Wolfpack 34th, and the Crimson 119th.

The NET ranks NC State 33rd, and Harvard 129th.

The Sagarin ranks the Wolfpack 26th, and Harvard 116th.

 

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NC State’s Debbie Yow Named 2019 James J. Corbett Memorial Award Recipient

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NC State Athletic Director Dr. Debbie Yow has been named the 2019 James J. Corbett Memorial Award Recipient, becoming the 53rd person to receive the prestigious honor. The Corbett Memorial Award is the “highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.”

“During her time as a coach and an administrator, Debbie has positively impacted tens of thousands of student-athletes, and everyone involved in NACDA is fortunate she chose that administrative path,” said Bob Vecchione, NACDA chief executive officer. “Debbie was an annual speaker at the D1-A/LEAD1 Institute and always willing to participate in sessions or workshops at NACDA meetings. Nearly 20 years ago while serving as NACDA President, Debbie orchestrated the creation of the Association’s mission statement, which reiterates our core value of education. As an English major, she has always exhibited that educational mentality throughout her entire career.”

The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who “through the years has most typified Corbett’s devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment.” Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA’s first president in 1965. Additionally, Yow will receive an honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), an educational institute sponsored by NACDA and the universities of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern California and Texas, and automatic induction into the NACDA Hall of Fame.

“The Corbett Award, for lifetime achievement, represents the pinnacle of recognition for those of us whose careers have been in the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics,” said Yow. “For that reason, it is a special type of honor that I consider somewhat overwhelming, especially because it is awarded by our peers. I have such high regard for those individuals who have previously received it, and I am honored to be counted among them as a recipient.”

Yow knows the importance of her position, leading the gateway department of the largest university in North Carolina. The first female athletics director in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) also knows NC State’s reputation as a pioneering program that first established basketball as a dominant sport in the South, was the first to integrate varsity athletics in the ACC and was the first public school in the state to dedicate full resources to women’s athletics. (NACDA)

 

 

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