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.
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)
The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.
The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.
They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.
The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.
Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.