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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Press Conference After NC State Won at Pitt 79-76 (BULLETED)

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts talked with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State beat Pitt 79-76 on the road today, improving to 17-7 overall, and 5-6 in ACC play. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • First of all, Jeff’s (Capel) doing a great job with the program.
    • They’re a young team and playing here at home. We knew it was going to be a tough game.
    • I watched the film of when they beat both Florida State and Louisville here.
  • Give our guys credit.
    • I thought we played a complete game.
    • We played through some adversity.
    • I thought we made some plays down the stretch.
    • I thought our defense was great the last four minutes of the game.
  • When you look at our big three, when I say Braxton Beverly, Markell Johnson and C.J. Bryce, I think this is the first time that I’ve seen all three of those guys play well on the same night.
  • I’m excited to get the win. As you guys know in the ACC, any road win is golden.
  • I thought we shared the basketball.
    • We had 17 assists on 26 made field goals. We’re a good basketball team when we share the ball.
  • We are competitive in the locker room and once the game is over, I try to get these guys to focus on the next game. I thought they were great today. We were focused. We were sharp. I thought we tried to follow the scout report and that was good.
  • At halftime, we just said stay the course…do the things that we did to get the lead at halftime.
    • But I wanted these guys to come out at halftime with a lot of energy. I thought they did.
    • We made a great run and then obviously Pitt did a great job. We lost Wilson-Frame and he got going and cut the lead. They were on an 18-2 run.
    • Give our guys credit because I don’t think we panicked during that run. We found ways to keep the score and keep playing.
  • When you look at him (Jared Wilson-Frame) in ACC play, I think now in the sixth game in a row, he’s made at least three 3-pointers, maybe even four. We lost him a couple times.
  • I thought CJ Bryce was great.
    • He made big shots.
    • I know we’ll talk a lot about his offense, but I thought he was great on defense. For the most part, he guarded Johnson the entire time full court and did a great job.
    • He played well…got to the free throw line…mixed his game up….had 15 footers…had 3-pointers.
  • This was probably Markell Johnson’s best game back from his injury. When I look at his numbers, that’s Markell. I think he had 10 points, but more importantly he had eight assists and only two turnovers.
  • Their (Pitt) record doesn’t indicate how good they are. They play hard and remind me a lot of my team year 1.
    • Jeff’s trying to find the pieces that play together, but those two young guards are really good.
    • They put a lot of pressure on the defense.
    • They always live in the paint and do a tremendous job.
    • It’s a good Pitt team here at home.

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NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier

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George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.

Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.

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NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer

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According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.

Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.

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NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP

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NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)

The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.

The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.

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Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket

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In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.

They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.

The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.

NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.

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The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.

Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.

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