NC State grabbed it’s most convincing ACC win of the year last night, taking down Syracuse 73-58. Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts talked with the media after the game in his postgame press conference. The videos are BELOW, and a bulleted breakdown is UNDERNEATH.
- Please bear with me, somehow through that victory I lost my voice. I might sound like Prince and Michael Jackson at some points, but just bear with me.
- I thought that was our best defensive effort, especially in the ACC. I thought we did a tremendous job.
- I thought Devon Daniels was great. When you look at the numbers of Tyus Battle, who Devon guarded all night, I thought he did a great job.
- We got out in transition and found some gaps in the zone.
- The 1st half I thought we had too many turnovers in the zone.
- When you look at the guys I had in the middle, which were Torin Dorn and Jericole Hellems, they had nine turnovers at the half.
- We talked about being able to make the right play, being patient, and getting out in transition.
- For the 2nd game in a row, I talked to my team about winning the free throw battle.
- We were going to stop putting guys on the free throw line, where we were giving up so many points. We wanted to turn it around to where we were getting points on the free throw line. We were great there.
- I think we went 13-13 in the second half.
- It’s a great win and I’m excited about it.
- Torin made the shots that most people can’t make and that’s a lost art in today’s game…the ten-foot jump shots and getting the ball at the free throw line.
- He struggled in the 1st half and to come out in the second half and play the way he played, with composure and leadership, was tremendous and says a lot about him.
- We lost our energy. I remember looking at the score and it was 28-18, and then we lost our energy.
- At halftime, our adjustment was to be patient when we got the ball in the middle. We were trying to force it to the short corner.
- We needed to be patient and if we don’t have the short corner, we might have the corner for the shot, or we could just bring it back out.
- Another adjustment was to play with energy and passion, and I thought we came out with that in the second half. Before the game, we talked about we have to protect our house when we are at home and play with lots of energy and passion. I wanted them to fight, and I thought we were great defensively.
- We moved the ball around. Boeheim has been doing this way longer than I have, and he does a tremendous job with the zone. They are a great basketball team.
- We were able to find some gaps, but that being said, we did it on the defensive end. Obviously, I know we scored 73 points, but our defense is what won the game for us. They couldn’t get going and we defended the 3-point line.
- That’s the guy that I believe in (Braxton Beverly). He could come out and go 0-of-20, and I know the next time he comes, he’s going to play. I’ve never questioned his ability to make shots. I love the kid. He works hard. I wish every kid at NC State who I recruit could be Braxton Beverly. He works hard, he’s a great student, and he’s low maintenance. That’s what he is. I knew that he was going to make some shots, and he’s shooting the ball very well right now.
- (Sacha) Killeya-Jones is currently not a member of our program and that’s all I can say right now.
- I won’t comment on (Eric) Lockett or (Blake) Harris further than what we’ve released.
- Every game is huge. I literally try to lock in to the next opponent, and after we beat Pittsburgh on the road, my whole focus has been nothing but Syracuse. If you allow yourself to look ahead or you allow your team to look ahead in this league, it’s not going to be good for you.
- I told you guys about three or four weeks ago that I made a mistake and looked at our schedule, and it scared the heck out of me. We lost those games too, and I think I jinxed them because I looked at the schedule. I’m locked in to the next opponent.
- This league is so good that everybody has a stretch that is so tough. You start looking around and it’s crazy. When you look at our losses…I hate to say this…we’ve got great losses. At the end of the day, everybody goes through a stretch where they’ve got three or four teams that are really good. That being said, that’s what you’re going to get in a good conference.
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
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.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
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.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
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.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
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.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
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.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
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.
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.