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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Press Conference After NC State’s 78-71 Victory Over #7 Auburn

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after his team knocked off #7 Auburn 78-71 in PNC Arena last night. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Probably the most pressure I’ve ever had going into a game. When they hand out 1,000 shirts that say “Kevin Keatts is a Winner,” you better win that game, or those shirts aren’t going to be good.
  • Give a lot of credit to Auburn. Bruce Pearl has put together an unbelievable team. I believe they have Elite Eight or Final Four talent. They are tremendous. Tough to guard. Very similar to us in the way that they pressure you.
  • Both teams had 13 assists.
  • We had 22 turnovers, which was uncharacteristic of us.
  • We forced them into 25 turnovers and had seven steals.
  • I thought our guys came out to play. Thought we competed. Thought we fought for 40 minutes, which is what I’ve been asking them to do. Great program win for us and we want to continue to build on this.
  • I want Markell Johnson to stay aggressive. He has the ability to be one of the best guards in the nation when he stays aggressive. That is on both ends of the floor. I don’t like for him to take breaks. I like for him to stay engaged and get after it. I jumped all over him 1 time when he went under a screen, and they made a shot. From that point on, he became very offensive-minded. I like where he is right now. He’s competing hard for us. He’s growing up before our eyes. It’s hard to believe that he’s been here three years, but he’s playing a great role for us.
  • The 4 guys I really challenge are the 4 guys that have played for me before. I’m talking about Markell Johnson, Braxton Beverly, Torin Dorn, and CJ Bryce. Because we have so many new pieces, I need those guys to be leaders, and I think they are maturing in that area.
  • I love my team. I’ve said that all along. I think that we have a very good team. When you look at the guys we have played, especially the 4 Power 5 teams, we could easily be undefeated against them.
  • I like our scheduling. We played 2 Power 5 teams on a neutral court. We went into 1 of the most hostile environments in the country in Wisconsin, and had our chances to win.
  • I thought Wolfpack Nation was great tonight.
  • I thought Devon Daniels was great. In the second half I thought Markell Johnson and Devon Daniels were playing HORSE for a while. I think they scored all the points to start the second half. Give him credit. He could’ve pouted because he was coming off the bench. I felt like Braxton Beverly has been playing really great basketball since the Penn State game. I wanted to put him in the lineup, but told Devon to stay ready. He stayed ready and he played well off the bench.
  • That’s the place where we’re maturing (Defensively). Today’s kids define how they’re playing by whether the ball goes in the hole or not. If you’re not scoring, that’s not the end of the world, but make sure the other team isn’t scoring. We’re maturing in that area, and a lot of time it takes the air out of you. When we were up 16-6, I think Auburn struggled defensively because the ball wasn’t going in.
  • We didn’t accidentally become 10-1. Our guys have worked extremely hard to get there. Hopefully, we’re going to continue to get better and stay hungry and stay humble.
  • If the Wisconsin game was a learning opportunity for us, I’ll take that loss any time if we’re going to continue to get better from it.
  • Are you sure we are going to get national exposure? (smile on face) I think we’ll be fine. We are going to stay in the moment. I am going to take their phones away so they can’t use Twitter or Instagram, or for any of you guys that still use Facebook, I’m going to take that away too.
  • If it happens, it happens. I said this before the game…I really don’t care about rankings. If I’m in the Top-25, that’s okay. If I’m not, I’m okay. I look at the rankings when it comes time to pick the teams for the NCAA Tournament. I want to have the opportunity to win the conference regular season and the ACC Tournament.

P.S. Kevin Keatts is a Top-10 Killer. 

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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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