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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 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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