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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts’ Presser After NC State Handled Wake Forest 94-74

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NC State took care of business last night, defeating Wake Forest 94-74 at home. Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts talked with the media in his postgame press conference. The videos are below, and a bulleted breakdown is underneath.

  • It was a very good game for us overall. I’m very proud of our guys for that win.
    • In the locker room, we were talking about the nine guys that got in the game and all nine contributed to the win.
    • It was one of those games where we were able to get out in transition because we rebounded and shared the basketball.
    • We made shots.
    • We’ve played pretty well in the last three games where teams have zoned us.
    • It is better to have a week off with a win opposed to a loss. We have got to take a couple of days off, and then try to stay sharp for our next opponent in Florida State.
  • Markell Johnson was special tonight, especially in the 1st half.
    • When we were struggling to score, he rose up and made a bunch of shots. I thought he was really good.
    • He had a career-high for him in ACC play.
    • He was locked in.
    • The good side is that he is playing longer stretches.
    • He is probably still a little bit sore, but the tell-tale sign for me is that he can play a little bit longer. I kept in him in the first half because he was playing well, where I would normally try and get him a break somewhere in there. I think he is getting back.
    • Markell was special tonight and that was the difference in the game.
  • I thought Jerciole Hellems came in and did a tremendous job.
    • Obviously the same with him, a career-high 14 points in ACC play.
    • I thought he was aggressive, was good at running in transition, and played great defense.
    • He is a guy that will continue to get better.
    • I showed him all of his turnovers and told him if he keeps turning the ball over, he is not going to play.
    • Freshmen hit the wall and go through peaks and valleys. He is no different than anyone else, but I think he is back playing good basketball now.
  • Torin Dorn has been steady. He had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
  • I brought TJ Warren into the locker room and told these guys what a special night this was. We talked before the game about TJ getting his jersey lifted into the rafters.
    • I am proud of TJ. I obviously didn’t get to coach him, but I remember his days at Brewster, where he was a tremendous player.
    • When you look at TJ Warren, he wasn’t a top-10 player coming out of high school. He is a self-made guy.
    • When TJ comes back into town every time he gets a break, and I look out at the Dail Center, it’s TJ Warren. He loves to play.
    • You never hear about him having any problems off the court.
    • I told our guys “If you want to be like anybody, be like TJ Warren, because he is a special kid.”
    • I’m excited we could win on the night he is getting his jersey lifted.
  • I love our bench. They have worked hard in practice.
    • We are only dressing nine guys.
    • The message to our team is that we want them to play as hard as you can for as long as you can. Then if you get your hand up, we will get you a break.
  • I’m excited to see Blake play because he is finally getting healthy and is getting back in the rotation.
    • He can definitely help us, especially on the defensive end.

 

 

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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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