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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Press Conference After NC State’s 66-65 OT Loss to UVA

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after #23 NC State almost pulled off the upset over #3 UVA, falling 66-65 in overtime. The video’s are BELOW, and a bulleted breakdown is UNDERNEATH.

  • I told the team after the game that obviously it’s okay to be disappointed.
  • Our guys played hard. They played their hearts out. They played until the end.
  • Virginia made a couple of more plays, especially in overtime, to win the game.
  • I told Tony (Bennett) before the game that after playing against his team last year, I thought they were very good. In some respects, I think this team is a lot better.
    • They have a future lottery pick in Deandre Hunter, and they have some really good guards.
  • I told my guys there is a thin line between winning and losing.
  • We were on the other side of it against Clemson, but we fought hard.
  • I hope you guys are understanding of what we are trying to build here. Obviously it’s year 2. I thought that we would be able to play this way in year 3, but we had success in year 1.
  • We have a brutal stretch coming up, but I’m proud of these guys. We had an opportunity to win the game, and we just fell short.
  • I just asked my guys to stay patient and to not get frustrated. Because Virginia is such an elite defensive team, they just frustrate you and they make you play one-on-one basketball.
    • If you are making those shots, that’s great. If you’re missing them, then you are just getting further in the hole.
    •  I told them to stay patient and that it would have to be a defensive effort from us.
    • We have enough firepower to score on the offensive end.
    • Some guys made some big plays down the stretch.
  • I thought we did a good job of playing well without fouling.
    • I didn’t want to add that part to it, by putting them on the free throw line and letting them score free throws.
  • For the most part, I felt like we defended the three-point line.
    • I know they shot 40 percent, but we held them to just four makes.
    • Kyle Guy made an unbelievable three at the end.
  • That’s the Wyatt Walker that we have been waiting for. A guy that plays extremely hard, gets on the offensive rebounds, and can get big buckets.
    • When he plays that way, or we get something from DJ Funderburk, it takes some of the pressure off our guards.
    • In the past few games, all of the pressure has been on our guards because Wyatt and DJ both haven’t played well.
  • Markell Johnson cramped up. He has been out for so long that his conditioning wasn’t there.
    • Honestly, at the end of the game, I didn’t even talk about the free throw. I never think that one play defines the game. I didn’t harp on it or say anything about it.
    • I just told my guys that I am proud of them, and if we can continue to play that way against one of the elite teams in the country and in the ACC, then we can be pretty good.
  • I think I need to clear something up. Everyone is making a big deal about the comments from last game. That was sarcasm, and it was a joke.
    • Basically, I want everyone to know that we are a pressing team and anything can happen at the end of our games.
    • I wasn’t talking about our crowd.
    • I love our fans, and I believe that we have some of the best fans in the country.
  • But I wanted to take a little jab, a sarcastic jab, at the fans that left early.
    • That being said, there were plenty of people that stayed in the arena, and they were a huge part of them going to the free throw line and missing four three throws in a row.
    • Tonight, I thought our crowd was tremendous. They were loud. That gives us such a tremendous home court advantage when they cheer that way.
    • Anyone that can hear my voice, it was a joke.
  • It’s not about moral victories.
    • Certainly, you want to win those games, but you don’t know how good your team really is until you play in those games.
    • All you have to do is look at Virginia’s scores all year long, and the closest game they have had is the one at Duke, which they lost by a few points.
    • Most of the other games have been either 15 or 20 points, whether they were at home or away.
    • That being said, if you look at Virginia, they have done a tremendous job over the past two years. They have won 23, now 24 of their last 26 games in the ACC. That’s pretty impressive.
    • We were right there to win the game.
    • I like where we are. I think our guys have a chance to be good. We are going to continue to get better.

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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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NC State Being Sued by N&O, WRAL, ABC11 & NY Times

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According to Will Doran of the N&O, the News & Observer, WRAL, ABC11, and the New York Times have filed a lawsuit against NC State for refusing to turn over records related to Dennis Smith Jr. and the NCAA’s investigation into the Men’s Basketball program.

The article claims that for the past two years, the university has been “knowingly and intentionally violating the law by refusing to turn over public records.” Specifically, documentation of electronic communication and phone records have been denied according to the report.

After the release of the article, a spokesperson of the university reached out to Doran last night to inform him that they had “not seen or been served with the lawsuit and would wait to comment until officials have reviewed it.” The spokesperson also had this to say in a statement:

“N.C. State has released thousands of pages of documents and has acted in good faith and transparency throughout the federal and NCAA investigations,” the spokesperson said. “In addition, the university was prepared to release extensive phone records, but that release has been blocked by a temporary court order.” (N&O)

You can read Doran’s article in full here.

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