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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 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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