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VIDEO: Kevin Keatt’s Press Conference After NC State’s Offensive Debacle Against VT

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#23 NC State’s offense posted one of the most atrocious performances in ACC history today, losing to #12 Virginia Tech 47-24. The Videos are BELOW, with a bulleted breakdown UNDERNEATH.

  • Obviously, I can’t say that I’ve seen this before. It obviously didn’t go the way we wanted to. I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of a game where none of our guys played well.
  • If  you look at the stat sheet, we didn’t shoot well at all. I thought it would get better in the second half, but obviously it didn’t.
  • One of those games where the ball didn’t go in. We didn’t play great. Certainly we have to try to learn from this, and move on.
  • What I told our guys at halftime is that no matter what the score is, and obviously it was 20-14, it could have been 35-29, we were down six. It doesn’t matter when you’re down six, you’re obviously still in the game.
  • We didn’t have it today for whatever reason.
  • When you look at these numbers…they’re mind-boggling…the percentage our guys shot.
  • In the second half, our defense struggled because of our offense.
  • In the first half we just missed shots.
  • I think we gave up some baskets in the second half because we were a little frustrated that we weren’t making shots.
  • Give those guys credit. They did a good job. We just missed a lot of shots that we should have made.
  • I wouldn’t say effort, I would just say we missed shots. Our guys played extremely hard. We missed shots. Here’s the crazy thing…holding a team to 47 points is pretty good. The unfortunate thing is we only got 24.
  • When you look at the numbers, Braxton Beverly hadn’t been shooting it well, but he’s typically not going to go zero for 12.
  • We were two for 28 from the three-point line.
  • As far as effort, I’m proud of the guys. Showed up and competed. It was an off night, and we got to figure out how to not have any more of those.
  • We’ll go back…watch film…go back into the gym and start working on our shots. Obviously, we got to move on, and the unfortunate thing is that we don’t have a lot of time. We have a game in a few days that we have to prepare for.
  • I thought their (VT’s) defense was better in the 2nd half. They were able to close down driving lanes.
  • I thought the shots we missed in the first half were more on us. We got great looks, and as you guys saw just some of that stuff didn’t go down the rim.
  • I have no answer to why we didn’t make shots. Of course, when you’re not shooting well, I thought some of the guys lost their confidence as we missed some shots. Obviously you have to take those shots to try to get back into the game, and it became a snowball effect.
  • I thought we got tight, and that’s what I was afraid with these guys. I just said, “look you got to rely on your defense.”
  • At halftime I actually told them to relax and let’s laugh a little. I said it’s 20-14. I don’t think Virginia Tech would have ever thought they were just going to score 20 at the half. I know we didn’t think we were going to score just 14. I said “just relax a little, and go back out there and play.” Then shots didn’t go down.
  • It was crazy. It was like there was something on the rim.
  • I think Markell’s timing is off. He’s lost some of his conditioning because of the time he has been off. Obviously he’s not playing well like we want him to because he missed three games. That being said, he missed a lot of practice time.
  • Typically you’ll say “Alright, there is a silver lining, or here’s a positive about it.” When you look at these numbers there’s not one guy I thought played well.
  • I am going to watch the tape, unfortunately. In about 30 minutes, I am going to re-watch it. With the players, I will decide if I think they should watch it or not. Obviously, I want to show them the good things they’ve done.
    • It’s crazy, I can only imagine seeing it live and then watching it, I am probably going to get frustrated because I thought we had some great looks.
  • I took a long time to talk to them because I wanted to sit back and replay the game myself. I thought about what happened and what we could have done better. What I kept coming back to was that you have to be able to make shots, and we didn’t.
    • We talked about a lot of things, especially making shots. It was an off game and it was a bad game. We have got to be able to shake it off and move on.
    • We talked about some stuff that we have to be able to do better. We have got to win some of the 50/50 balls and those types of things. It was a bunch of things.
    • We were in there longer just because it took me longer to get in there to talk to them. I talked to them about the same amount of time I usually do.

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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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NC State’s Eric Lockett Charged With Assault, Suspended Indefinetly

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UPDATE

Graduate Senior Eric Lockett wasn’t with his NC State teammates last night in their 73-58 victory over Syracuse because he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend on Tuesday night.

He was arrested this morning.

Before last night’s game, NC State released that Lockett wasn’t with the team due to a “personal matter.”

After the game when asked, Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts didn’t have any further comment.

“I won’t comment on (Eric) Lockett or (Blake) Harris further than what we’ve released.” (Link)

Lockett came to NC State this offseason as a Graduate Transfer from Florida International. He has played in 22 games (starting 2) for the Wolfpack this year, averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game.

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