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Kevin Keatts Talks Before NC State Heads to FSU (BULLETED)

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts talked to the media today before NC State heads down to Thallahassee this Saturday to face #18 FSU at Noon. You can watch the video here (via TheWolfpacker), and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • What’s underrated about them is they play 11 guys.
    • When we do the scouting report, we break it up. We gave out the 1st six, and then we’ll go over the next 5 today.
    • This is more about personnel than the team because you have to know each guy’s strength and weakness because they all bring something different.
  • We’ll go back 4-5 games, but we also look for teams who play similar to the way we play.
    • You want to look at the most recent games and the most similar teams.
  • They play faster than you think.
  • Leonard (Hamilton) has changed the way they play the last few years on the defensive end.
    • They used to be more laid back and now they pressure.
    • They switch all five screens which causes problems.
  • They have a huge size advantage, and we have to do a great job blocking out and getting rebounds to get out and run.
  • Breaks are tricky. When you’re playing good basketball you want to keep playing.
    • Late in the season, I am okay taking a few days off. We’ve only got nine guys so we hope the rest helps.
  • I haven’t talked about it (NCAA Tournament), but these guys are smart enough to know what’s going on.
    • I’ve only talked about Florida State, not the big picture.
    • We haven’t talked about selection of the tournament at all.
  • Torin Dorn is very valuable.
    • I met with every guy yesterday and I talked about how important his experience is.
    • I’m excited that I’ve had the opportunity to coach him.
    • He’s a great kid.
    • Last year, the system was great for him and he did a good job fitting in.
    • He’s been valuable because he allows us to play small because of his rebounding.
      • If he didn’t rebound, we couldn’t play that way.
  • We had three guys who played last year, and CJ Bryce has been to the NCAA Tournament twice, so those 4 guys are very important.
    • They can help the other 5 understand how to finish the season, and taking it one game at a time.
  • Markell Johnson is 1 of the most experienced guards in the ACC and I don’t want him to play a great game and then drop off.
    • I’ve talked to him about being a leader in practice.
    • At this time of the year, veterans are smart enough to cruise through practice and hopefully it pays off in the game.
    • I’ve told those guys to put their work in. Our practices are only about an hour, they are mostly film work, so I’ve challenged to do a better job preparing for the game.

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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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