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.
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.