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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 is a 16.5-Point Underdog at Duke Tonight

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NC State enters tonight’s game at #2 Duke as 16.5-point underdogs. The Total is 159.5.

  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games
  • North Carolina State is 6-3 Against The Spread in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of North Carolina State’s last 13 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 4-1 Against The Spread in its last 5 games when playing Duke
  • North Carolina State is 6-17 Straight Up in its last 23 games when playing Duke
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina State’s last 5 games when playing Duke
  • North Carolina State is 4-1 Against The Spread in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Duke
  • North Carolina State is 2-23 Straight Up in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Duke
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina State’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Duke (OddShark)

Being an underdog isn’t something the Wolfpack aren’t used to in this series. Duke has been the favorite in the last 41 straight contests against NC State (1/7/98), and the streak probably goes back further than that. That’s simply as far back as the research on TeamRankings goes.

With that being said, the Wolfpack is on a 2-game winning streak against the Blue Devils.

Ironically, the last time NC State took the court in Cameron Indoor, they were 16.5-point underdogs as well, but managed to defeat the 17th ranked home team 84-82.

The Wolfpack are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games against Duke, and the TOTAL has gone OVER in 8 of the 10.

NC State is 15-10 against the spread this year, and Duke is 15-9. The Wolfpack are 6-3 against the spread on the road, and the Blue Devils are 9-6 against the spread at home.

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NC State Moved up to #31 in the NET Rankings After Syracuse

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NC State moved up 6 spots, from #37 to #31, in the NET Rankings after beating Syracuse 73-58 on Wednesday night. 

The NET Rankings have replaced the RPI as the primary shaper of the NCAA Tournament field.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, which will be known as the NET, relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.

The NET was built to create a ranking system that was as accurate as possible while also evaluating team performance fairly. To ensure fairness, certain types of data were omitted from the model. Of key importance, game date and order were omitted to give equal importance to both early and late-season games. In addition, a cap of 10 points was applied to the winning margin to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain. (NCAA)

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball ACC Slate for the Next 3 Years

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The ACC released the conference schedules for Men’s Basketball for the next three years today.

Why is that noteworthy?

Well, beginning next year, the ACC slate will increase from 18 games to 20 games.

Here’s a look at what conference play will look like for the Wolfpack the next three seasons.

It’s worth noting that NC State will play the team that wears dark blue over in Durham twice tomorrow.

The 20-game ACC slate is locked in for three years.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones is No Longer on NC State’s Basketball Team

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Former Kentucky player and 5-Star prospect in High School, Sacha Killeya-Jones, is no longer a member of the NC State Men’s Basketball team.

Under transfer rules, Killeya-Jones is sitting out this season as a redshirt, and would have had two years of eligibility left in Raleigh.

Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts addressed Killeya-Jones’ absence from the bench last night after the game.

(Sacha) Killeya-Jones is currently not a member of our program and that’s all I can say right now. (Link)

Exactly why he is no longer a member of the program is unclear at this point.

Killeya-Jones is originally a native of Chapel Hill, but played his high school ball at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. After originally committing to UVA, Jones eventually committed to go to Kentucky. Jones was a consensus 5-Star recruit, and ranked as the #23 overall player in the class of 2016.

Standing 6’11”, Killeya-Jones was a big component of the future of NC State’s frontcourt. This year, the Wolfpack have no depth in this area, with Wyatt Walker (GR JR) and DJ Funderburk (RS SO) serving as the only “big men.” Next year was going to be a luxury, with both Walker and Funderburk returning, and the addition of Killeya-Jones and Manny Bates (FR), who had shoulder surgery this season.

NC State still has 2 scholarships available in 2019. The Wolfpack coaching staff is in hot pursuit of Christian Brown, and has space to add a big man alongside of him.

 

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