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VIDEO: Kevin Keatt’s Press Conference After NC State Beat BC 89-80 (BULLETED)

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Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts spoke with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State beat Boston College 89-80 on Wednesday night. The video is BELOW, and a bulleted breakdown is UNDERNEATH.

  • The game actually ended the way I told our guys it would. What another great ACC game.
    • I told our guys that going into every game from this point on, we have a small margin for error and every game could possibly come down to the last second.
    • Surely, I didn’t expect overtime.
  • I thought we played great to finish the second half and started the half well.
    • During the middle, we hit a spurt where we didn’t score the ball.
    • Then Ky Bowman got going, and before you knew it, we were down.
    • Give our guys credit– we fought our way through. I am proud that we took care of it at home. This was a good win for us. We get to live another day and move on.
    • I thought our guys finished the game and I was excited about the way that we finished.
    • I thought we took a big step forward.
  • In the overtime period, we wanted our guys to come out aggressive.
    • We actually switched what we were running. I know to the naked eye it looks like they are running a 3-2 zone.
    • But every time we swung it, they would switch to man-to-man principles.
    • Instead of running our zone stuff, we went to our man-to-man stuff.
    • We were able to find CJ Bryce going backdoor.
  • I thought Devon Daniels was tremendous, especially in the overtime period.
    • He almost won the game at the end of regulation.
    • He did a great job on the defensive end.
    • He is understanding how he can help his team.
    • When you look at his five steals, you have to talk about that.
    • He also scored the basketball for us.
  • I am getting these guys to play for NC State.
    • When you have so many guys come from different programs, it takes a while for guys to understand their role.
    • I know that’s crazy since we only have four more regular season games.
  • That’s the first time I have been excited to hear an official say that he is part of the court. That was good. I was glad that it happened.
  • Torin Dorn wasn’t playing great, but he had five offensive rebounds.
  • CJ Bryce made some great plays down the stretch.
  • Markell Johnson was able to sacrifice some minutes to allow some other guys to come in and play.
  • We talked about it. Steffon Mitchell for the last two years.
    • I don’t know why, but he kills us on the offensive glass.
    • I think we focused in at timeouts about how to find a body to block him out, and you certainly have to have some guys on him.
    • We did that at the end of the game.
  • I thought they beat us on the offensive end early on.
    • I think at halftime they had 11 offensive rebounds, and we were able to hold them to four (2nd half).
    • I thought our guys came back and competed on the offensive glass.
  • It’s our conditioning (on being prepared for OT).
    • We start in the summer, and I don’t think our guys were fatigued.
    • I thought we had a run in us and we just played.
  • We’re third or fourth in the conference in scoring, and our transition offense hasn’t kicked in.
    • If you look at tonight, we had 24 fast breakpoints.
    • If you go back to a lot of our games, we haven’t gotten out and transitioned much.
    • Reason being, I don’t think we’ve done a great job defensive rebounding.
    • Offensively, we’re one of the best in the country as far as offensive rebounding.
    • Because of our size we haven’t rebounded well defensively, because instead of hitting people, we just try and out-jump people.
    • Basically, we couldn’t get rebounds and they got offensive rebounds.
  • The last 4 or 5 games, other than Duke, if you go back and look, we’ve won the free throw battle. Tonight, I went into this game saying we had to win the free throw battle.
    • Two things I’ve focused on is trying to win the rebound battle and trying to win the free throw battle. I thought we did both.

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The NEW & HUGE Video Board at PNC Arena has been Raised!

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Back in the Spring, news broke that a new video board was going to be hung up in PNC Arena before NC State’s upcoming Men’s Basketball season, and today we got our first look at it raised up in the rafters.

The video board is a whopping 4,000 square feet hanging in the air.

That’s 180% larger than the old one.

 

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Tip-Off Times Set for Most of NC State’s 2019-20 ACC Slate

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The NC State Men’s Basketball schedule was released last Thursday, but the tip-off times for all but one of their ACC games now have been revealed.

The only ACC game we don’t know the tip-off time for is the game at Wake Forest on December 7th.

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Katz Projects NC State as a #10 Seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 50 Days Out

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We are 50 days out from the start of the 2019-20 College Men’s Basketball season, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released an early Bracketology, projecting that NC State will be a #10 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, playing St. Mary’s in the 1st Round.

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Athlon Predicts NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team to Finish 5th in ACC in 2019-20

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and they predict that NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will finish 5th in the ACC this season.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. UNC
  4. UVA
  5. NC State
  6. FSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Miami
  9. Syracuse
  10. Georgia Tech
  11. Clemson
  12. Boston College
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Virginia Tech

Here’s a rundown of what they had to say about the Wolfpack.

  • Returning 6 of top 7 scorers from last year
  • Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk needs to rebound more consistently, and stay out of foul trouble.
  • The version of Senior Markell Johnson that finished the season will be needed for NC State to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
    • Needs to be a consistent leader and scorer.
  • Junior Braxton Beverly needs to figure out a way to run more hot than cold.
  • Consistency from Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels would go a long way.
  • Team should be back in the NCAA Tournament.
  • With a reloading year for Duke, UVA and UNC, Keatts will get few opportunities like this one.

Pick up your own copy of Athlon’s 2019 College Basketball Preview at your local store.

 

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