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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 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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