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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts’ Postgame Presser After NC State Beat Syracuse 73-58

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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.

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N&O: NC State Extends Kevin Keatts’ Contract 2 Years

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According to Joe Giglio of the News & Observer, NC State has added two additional years to Kevin Keatts’ contract. The Men’s Basketball head coach has led the Wolfpack to a 45-24 record over the past two seasons, becoming only the 11th coach in ACC history to lead their team to two consecutive 20+ win seasons in their first two years.

According to Giglio, the financials of the contract will be the same, paying him $2.7 million annually.

Keatts’ contract now extends through the 2025-26 season.

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NC State’s 2019-20 Men’s Basketball Schedule is HERE

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NC State’s 2019-20 Men’s Basketball schedule is officially HERE.

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CBS Picks NC State as 1 of 5 that Could Make a Run in March who Missed Dance in 2019

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Matt Ward of CBSSports picked 5 schools that missed the NCAA Tournament in 2019, that could even make a run at the Final Four in 2020. In the past 9 years, 5 teams have made the Final Four who missed the Big Dance the year prior.

NC State was 1 of the 5 teams picked that could make a run.

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After posting a 24-12 record last season, including a 9-9 record in the ACC and an ACC Tournament win over Clemson, the Wolfpack were on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament and will look to return this season. The selection committee didn’t exactly look highly on the Wolfpack’s’ record last season and they had to settle for an NIT bid, ultimately bowing out to Lipscomb. They finished 36th in the final NET rankings, and while 11 at-large bids went to teams ranked below them in the NET, there was just one team ranked above them also left out: NIT champion Texas.

The issue? NC State’s nonconference schedule was ranked dead last in all of Division I — that’s 353rd. The ACC offers a myriad of opportunities, but they didn’t take advantage against the likes of Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State. The Wolfpack will need to get at least one of those games this season and their nonconference schedule will also be more challenging. Beyond traveling to Auburnand hosting Wisconsin, whom they played last season, they will travel to Greensboro to play UNC Greensboro and will play Memphis at Barclays Center.

Kevin Keatts brings back a wealth of talent, specifically in the backcourt, led by Markell Johnson. The senior point guard is one of the best in the country. C.J. Bryce, Braxton Beverly, and Devon Daniels are also key returners. Their biggest area of improvement will be in the frontcourt. Keatts struggled to find consistency there last season, but the additions of graduate transfers in 6-10 Danny Dixon (UMKC) and 6-8 forward Pat Andree (Lehigh) should reap rapid rewards. Both big men, especially Andree, can stretch out and make shots from 3-point range. Add redshirt freshman Immanuel Bates to the mix, and the Wolfpack frontcourt is much improved.

The Wolfpack are a serious candidate here to go from out to Atlanta. They have experience to couple with young talent led by incoming freshman Dereon Seabron and redshirt sophomore Atticus Taylor. Keatts’ pressing defense can cause difficulties for teams without much time to prepare. The difference maker is Johnson. He is an elite point guard who will have plenty of opportunities to lead the Pack to big wins this season. (CBS)

Ironically, one of the other 5 teams was Memphis, who NC State will be playing in non-conference play in the Barclays Center Classic.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Ranks 15th in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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Yesterday ESPN released their Way-Too-Early College Basketball Women’s Preseason Top-25, and NC State impressively sat at #15.

15. NC State Wolfpack
Previous: 25

The Wolfpack overcame myriad major injuries to have one of the most successful seasons in program history. If health can be restored, NC State should again be in the mix near the top of the ACC. Point guard Kaila Ealey missed all of last season after a knee injury in October 2018. If she can return to form, senior Aislinn Konig can return to playing off the ball, where her 3-point shooting will be more of a threat. Getting guard Grace Hunter, who was the team’s leading scorer before a season-ending knee injury in January, back to 100 percent will give coach Wes Moore a versatile backcourt to put around budding star Elissa Cunane in the middle. The 6-foot-5 sophomore could be one of the best post players in the country. (ESPN)

ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

  1. Oregon
  2. Baylor
  3. UCONN
  4. Stanford
  5. Maryland
  6. Oregon State
  7. South Carolina
  8. Arizona
  9. Mississippi State
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Florida State
  12. UCLA
  13. Kentucky
  14. Texas
  15. NC State
  16. Minnesota
  17. Arizona State
  18. DePaul
  19. Arkansas
  20. Notre Dame
  21. Indiana
  22. Miami
  23. Michigan
  24. Rice
  25. Michigan State

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