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NC State’s Kevin Keatts Talks Before Rivalry Game vs. UNC

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts spoke with the media yesterday prior to tonight’s matchup against rival UNC. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • You know, I have no idea (On what he will be wearing tonight). It’s a game-time decision. Roy (Williams) has got some nice jackets. I don’t think I’m a trendsetter. I just like clothes, shoes and love my school colors.
  • UNC is a really good basketball team. Better than they were last year. They are tremendous in scoring in transition. One of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country. They are shooting the ball well from three at certain positions. You have to do a tremendous job getting back on those guys or they’ll score easy baskets all night long. We’ve got to find a way to keep them off the glass.
  • Luke (Maye) played two tremendous games against us last year, and he’s having a very good season this year. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, because he’s a guy who came in as a walk-on, and has established himself as a really good ACC player. We respect his game, and hopefully our guys are up for the challenge.
  • It takes a team to rebound well. I’ve got a bunch of guys who are 6’4″, 6’5″, and 6’6″ who we have to rebound as a team. Give them a lot of credit. They’ve done a tremendous job, led by Torin Dorn. He’s one of the better rebounders in the country for his size, but Devon Daniels has rebounded the ball, CJ Bryce, DJ Funderburk, and we’re starting to get it from Wyatt. What he did last game was very encouraging, with 8 offensive rebounds. It’s more of a collective effort, because we don’t have that one guy that can average 10 rebounds a game.
  • If you’re going to be a great shooting team, you have to be a great passing team. We’ve done a great job of making sure that we pass the ball to the shooters in the right spots.
  • I don’t think the expectations have changed at all (just because it’s a ranked matchup). Every game we go into, we are expecting to win, and we’d love to win. It doesn’t change for me or the team at all.
  • I think every coach in the country plays the guys they feel comfortable with. When you look at our 10 guys, I don’t think it’s a lot of separation from the five guys that I start and the five guys that I bring off the bench. Each one of those guys have done something in practice that has made me feel good about playing them.
  • Blake Harris will be back and ready to go hopefully for tomorrow (tonight’s game) and we should go back to our 10-man rotation.
  • When I built the roster, I thought we had 9 or 10 guys that were capable of playing. Obviously, we lost 1 to transfer and then didn’t know Manny Bates would be out for the year at that time, but I knew we could play 10 and possibly 11.
  • Markell Johnson’s maturing as a point guard. When you have the experience of playing three years in the ACC, you should be a better player. I’ve challenged Markell in many ways because we need his leadership. He’s a different player than last year. Last year he led the ACC in assists. We don’t necessarily need him to do that. With this particular team, we need him to score. I need him to run our team, but I need him to score at times, and he’s had some big moments early in our season where he took over the game, and we need him to be that guy.
  • I’m not into the storming of the courts. I think if you win the game, be excited and act like you’ve been there before. I can’t control what the students do, but I want these guys to get where they are used to winning games.
  • We are going to play the way we play. We won’t change. We’ve been successful doing that (pressing), and we’re going to play our game.
  • (On why it’s hard to find leaders) I think it’s a different age. I think young men now are more consumed about themselves, or scoring.  A lot of guys determine how they play by how they score. When I played, you had to do what you had to do to get on the floor, even if that was being scrappy, playing defense, and/or being a leader.

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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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