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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Press Conference After NC State Beat USC Upstate 98-71

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NC State waxed USC Upstate 98-71 this afternoon, improving to 11-1 on the year. Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media afterwards for his postgame press conference. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • I thought our guys competed. The five guys I didn’t start, obviously played tremendous today. This is why we’re called a team. I know a lot of you guys will say ‘Oh, your starters didn’t play well.’ I put together a roster with 10 guys who I feel comfortable playing. The guys that came off the bench were tremendous. Those guys scored 62 points off the bench.
  • Excited about the program. If you told me that we’d be 11-1 going into Christmas break, I’d have taken it ten times out of ten. I’m happy, and I’m going to take a few days off and enjoy my family.
  • It wasn’t a message (taking out the starters). I thought the other guys were playing better. Those guys who started the game…they’re starting for a reason. They’ve carried us the majority of these games, but I thought the other five guys played better. It was hard to keep the them off the floor.
  • Give Eric Lockett credit. Crazy coach myself, I didn’t even play the guy last game. He came in and he played well. Didn’t pout. Had a couple of good days of practice. Went 3-3 from behind the arc. He’s a veteran guy. He’s played a lot of games. He’s a graduate. Working on his master’s degree right now. He understands. When you look at tonight, I thought he was one of the guys responsible for our win.
  • Same thing with Blake, Jericole and DJ. It wasn’t a message I wanted to send. I’ve got to put the best matchup out there for us.
  •  I’ve tried to create a culture where it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. We all get the credit.
  • I don’t know if I’m getting older or not, I don’t yell a lot. I used to. So I didn’t yell, honestly (at halftime). We just talked about it. I looked at how everybody was playing at halftime, and I said I’m going to start the other guys at the beginning of the second half because they played so well.
  • They compete. Very seldom do you find a program where you’ve got 10 guys that will compete every possession. I know some of the guys didn’t play well, but they competed. What I’m proud of about these guys is every practice…every game…every timeout…every 4-minute segment…I can honestly say they give me tremendous effort every time. That’s what I love about the bunch. We don’t do everything right. Sometimes we get a little careless with the ball. Things don’t work out all the time. But we do a great job of competing all the time, and that’s all I can ask for.

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NCAA to Move 3-Point Line Back to International Distance

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When NC State played in the 2019 National Invitational Tournament, there were a variety of experimental rules put in place. One of those was moving the 3-Point line back 1 foot, 8 inches, which is the distance used by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

The NCAA considered the experiment successful, and recently approved a rule change to move the arch back to 22 feet and 1¾ inches. This rule will be implemented at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Senior Wolfpack Point Guard Markell Johnson had no problem shooting it from further back, hitting 9-17 (52.9%) in the Wolfpack’s 3 games in the NIT.

As a team, NC State shot 33.3% from the new standard, which was slightly under their season average of 35.3%.

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NC State’s Torin Dorn Worked Out for the Hornets Yesterday

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Former NC State Wing Torin Dorn worked out for the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Yesterday’s workout was technically Dorn’s first pre-draft team workout, but he did participate in an agent pro day in Phoenix two weeks ago. Dorn also played well in the Portsmouth Invitational at the end of April.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Host Wisconsin in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team will host Wisconsin in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the league announced on Thursday.

The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4. Tip-time and broadcast information will be released later.

The match-up will be the fourth all-time between the two programs. Wisconsin has won all three previous meetings, including last season’s game in Madison, Wis., 79-75. Markell Johnson led the Pack with a then-career-high 21 points in defeat.

NC State returns six of its top-seven scorers from last season’s 24-12 team.
 
Wisconsin returns six of its top-eight scorers from last season’s 23-11 team.

Additional opponents and dates for the 2019-20 season will be announced at a later date.

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NC State’s Markell Johnson 1 of Andy Katz’s Favorites to Win the 2020 Jerry West Award

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz is already looking to next year, and released his 11 favorites (and 14 other contenders) to win the 2020 Jerry West Award, given to the nations best shooting guard annually, beginning in 2015.

NC State Senior Markell Johnson ranked 6th on Katz’s list.

6. Markell Johnson, Sr., NC State: The Wolfpack got its stat stuffer back on the roster after Johnson decided to return to campus. He averaged a dozen points a game last season. Expect that number to climb as well as his overall production.

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  1. Myles Powell, Sr., Seton Hall
  2. Anthony Edwards, Fr., Georgia
  3.  Cole Anthony, Fr., North Carolina
  4. Aaron Henry, So., Michigan State
  5. Sam Merrill, Sr., Utah State
  6. Markell Johnson, Sr., NC State
  7. Jarron Cumberland, Sr., Cincinnati
  8. Alpha Diallo, Sr., Providence
  9. Davide Moretti, Jr., Texas Tech
  10. Marcus Evans, Sr., VCU
  11. Tyrese Maxey, Fr., Kentucky
  12. Trent Frazier, Jr., Illinois
  13. Remy Martin, Jr., Arizona State
  14. Braxton Key, Sr., Virginia
  15. Kellan Grady, Jr., Davidson
  16. Ty-Shon Alexander, Jr., Creighton
  17. David Collins, Jr., South Florida
  18. Joe Wieskamp, So., Iowa
  19. Fatts Russell, Jr., Rhode Island
  20. Cartier Diarra Jr., Kansas State
  21. TJ Gibbs, Sr., Notre Dame
  22. Kyle Lofton, So., St. Bonaventure
  23. Matt Coleman III., Jr., Texas
  24. Quade Green, So, Washington
  25. Dejon Jarreau, Jr., Houston (NCAA)

Duke’s RJ Barrett won the Jerry West Award this year.

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