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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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NC State Men’s Basketball Ranks 41st in 2019-20 Preseason AP Poll

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The 2019-20 AP Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll is out, and NC State is sitting at 41st.

The Wolfpack spent 6 weeks ranked in the AP Poll last week, peaking as high 15th in Week 10.

NC State opened last season 50th in the AP Preseason Poll, with 1 vote. In the final AP poll released in Week 19, the Wolfpack didn’t receive a single vote.

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NC State Men’s Basketball Ranked 28th in KenPom’s 2019-20 Preseason Rankings

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Stat junkie KenPom’s preseason 2019-20 rankings are out, and the NC State Men’s Basketball team sits at 28th nationally to start the year.

The Wolfpack’s is projected to rank 10th nationally in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency, with the Defense sitting at 64th.

NC State sits at 6th in the ACC in these preseason rankings, which lines up perfectly with the Official Preseason rankings by the ACC Media. They are projected to have the 4th most efficient offense, and the 12th most efficient defense.

The Wolfpack is projected to go 22-9 in the regular season.

NC State finished the 2018-19 season ranked 41st nationally in KenPom’s final rankings.

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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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