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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Talks to Media Before #23 NC State vs. #3 Virginia

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#23 NC State head coach Kevin Keatts met with the media yesterday before the Wolfpack’s matchup with #3 Virginia. The video is ABOVE (via TheWolfpacker), and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Tough game (Clemson) for us. Found a way to win when things weren’t going our way.
    • I think I’ve looked at that (Braxton Beverly’s Buzzer Beater) about 20 times. We had fun with it. We looked at some of the reactions from the rest of the players.
    • CJ Bryce could’ve forced a shot up (no timeouts)…He could have turned the ball over…But he made an unselfish play and gave the ball to Braxton.
    • Give Braxton (Beverly) a lot of credit for stepping up and making the shot, especially after he was 0-4 in the game. After the last couple of games, I don’t think he’s shot it as well as he can.
  • Now we’ll turn our attention to Virginia, who I think is maybe even a little better than the team last year that was No. 1.
    • Tough to score against as you know…always have been.
    • Offensively, they’re moving the ball.
    • Scoring more points
    • Playing a little faster.
    • One of the most talented teams I’ve seen on tape all year long.
  • I’ve played them 2x here and at UNCW, and we were able to space them out and make them make some shots.
    • When you stand around and you’re not able to make shots, it can be a long night for you.
    • I’ve watched 7-8 games on them and every game is similar.
    • The last game I watched vs. Clemson and all I keep thinking about is that Clemson had 2 points with 9-10 left in the half.
  • They defend you.
    • What makes them so special is that they’re a very good defensive team as a team, but they’ve got a lot of really good individual guys that can defend you.
    • Got to do a great job of moving the ball. We’ve got to penetrate and pitch and then those shots that are open…I’d love for us to knock them down.
  • They do a great job of defending the paint.
    • They show close out on you.
    • Make you take jump shots.
    • Limit you to one shot.
    • Very big.
    • Do a great job of blitzing you, where you’re never in a scoring area where you want to be.
    • Great job communicating.
    • Very seldom do you see a Virginia team beat theirselves on defense.
    • Don’t have a lot of breakdowns.
  • I felt like we (UNCW vs. UVA in NCAA Tournament) really did get them out of their element.
    • 1st time I’ve ever seen Tony Bennett make an adjustment in that area.
    • At 1 point they went with Shayok and put him at the 5, and they went 5 guards.
    • We (UNCW) moved the ball well, but were much smaller.
    • They were quicker and probably shot the ball a little bit better than the team I have right now.
    • So it’s a different team and a different strategy.
  • De’Andre Hunter’s playing the 3…could play 4 or 5…so talented.
  • Their front line is as big as any NBA front line.
    • They’re skilled…athletic…very physical.

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NC State Men’s Basketball Returns the 8th Most Production in 2020

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will experience a luxury this year, that they lacked in abundance last year: returning production.

The Wolfpack is returning the 8th most production from last year amongst all of the Power 5 schools.

Power 5 teams with the most returning production

Colorado 94.1%, 50/1 odds to make Final Four
Notre Dame 89%, 75/1
Maryland 83.3%, 6/1
Illinois 81.6%. 25/1
Oklahoma State 76.2%, 75/1
Baylor 76.1%, 10/1
Georgia Tech 73.9%, 250/1
North Carolina State 71.6%, 50/1
Oregon State 71.5%, 75/1
Rutgers 71.4%, 125/1 (BET)

Breakdown of Production Returning in 2020

  • 71% minutes played
  • 73% of points scored
  • 64% of rebounds
  • 80% of assists
  • 74% of steals
  • 67% of blocks
  • 88% of 3-pointers made

 

 

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Ken Pomeroy Ranks NC State’s Men’s Basketball Program 38th Since 1997

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Ken Pomeroy is a legend in the world of basketball statistical analytics. He’s been doing his thing since 1997, and he recently released his Program Ratings since the beginning, and according to his calculations, the Wolfpack have been the 38th best program in college basketball over the past 22 years. According to the ratings, NC State is the 10th best Men’s Basketball program in the ACC since 1997.

ACC Teams in Ken Pom’s Program Ratings Since 1997

1) Duke
4) UNC
8) Louisville
15) Syracuse
17) Virginia
27) Florida State
29) Notre Dame
31) Miami
35) Pittsburgh
38) NC State
50) Clemson
57) Wake Forest
63) Virginia Tech
65) Georgia Tech
78) Boston College

The Wolfpack’s best season was 2004 (9th), and worst season was 2008 (110th). They have finished in his Top-25 3 times over 22 years.

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Jersey Numbers Assigned to NC State’s New Basketball Players

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team will have quite a few new faces this year. Recently each of them received their jersey number.

  • Freshman Guard Dereon Seabron – #1
  • Redshirt Sophomore Forward Atticus Taylor – #3
  • Junior Guard Thomas Allen – #5 (will have to sit out the upcoming season due to transfer rules)
  • Redshirt Freshman Forward Manny Bates – #15 (missed all of last season, but was assigned #12)
  • Graduate Senior Forward Danny Dixon – #21
  • Graduate Senior Forward Pat Andree – #31

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Andy Katz Lists NC State’s Markell Johnson as Honorable Mention for Top-25 College Basketball Players

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released his Top-25 College Basketball players heading into the 2019-20 Men’s Basketball seasons, and NC State Senior Point Guard earned Honorable Mention status. Out of the 15 players receiving Honorable Mention, there is no indication of ranking order. With that being said, it is clear that Katz thinks that Johnson is one of the Top-40 players in College Basketball.

25. Isaiah Stewart, Fr., C, Washington

24. Andrew Nembhard, So., G, Florida

23. Ashton Hagans, So., G, Kentucky

22. Ayo Dosunmu, So., G, Illinois

21. Killian Tillie, Sr., F, Gonzaga

20. Xavier Tillman, Jr., F, Michigan State

19. Trevion Williams, So., F, Purdue

18. Jalen Smith, So., F, Maryland

17. Tristan Clark, Jr., F, Baylor

16. Sam Merrill, Sr., G, Utah State

15. Kaleb Wesson, Jr., C, Ohio State

14. Udoka Azubuike, Sr., C, Kansas

13. Jarron Cumberland, Sr., G, Cincinnati

12. Devon Dotson, So., G, Kansas

11. Anthony Edwards, Fr., G, Georgia

10. Lamar Stevens, Sr., F, Penn State

9. Anthony Cowan Jr., Sr., Maryland

8. Tre Jones, So., G, Duke

7. Kerry Blackshear Jr., Sr., Florida

6. Jordan Nwora, Jr., F, Louisville

5. Cole Anthony, Fr., G, North Carolina

4. James Wiseman, Fr., C, Memphis

3. Myles Powell, Sr., G, Seton Hall

2. Markus Howard, Sr., G, Marquette

1. Cassius Winston, Sr., G, Michigan State

Honorable mention: McKinley Wright IV, Jr., G, Colorado; Yoeli Childs, Sr., F, BYU; Kamar Baldwin, Sr., G, Butler; Anthony Lamb, Sr., F, Vermont; Nathan Knight, Sr., C, William & Mary; Zavier Simpson, Sr., G, Michigan; Markell Johnson, Sr., G, NC State; Nico Mannion, Fr., G, Arizona; Davide Moretti, Jr., G, Texas Tech; Jordan Ford, Sr., G, Saint Mary’s; Tres Tinkle, Sr., F, Oregon State; Payton Pritchard, Sr., G, Oregon; Mamadi Diakite, Jr., Virginia; Xavier Sneed, Sr., Kansas State;  Joe Wieskamp, Iowa.

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