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VIDEO: Kevin Keatts Press Conference After NC State Lost at FSU 78-73

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Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts spoke with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State lost to Florida State 78-73 down in Tallahassee yesterday. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Have to give Florida State credit. They did a great job taking care of home court advantage.
  • We had our chances, especially late in the second half.
  • We cut the lead, and it seemed like every time we cut the lead they did a great job making a big play, whether it was an offensive rebound or getting a steal.
  • The second half was the big difference in the game.
    • They got to the free throw line a lot more than we did in the second half.
    • 50/50 plays.
  • It’s different for us (on dressing 9), not too much on the offensive end, but defensively because we like to rotate guys in.
    • Typically, we have the 5 guys that start the game. Like to have a backup in each position. One man short.
  • I thought they fouled and we didn’t know, and I had to go back and look at it (On expecting Florida State to foul on the last three-point lead (76-73))
    • We got a stop on DJ Funderburk’s 5th foul.
      • I don’t know what happened there.
      • On the late whistle I thought we were going to the other end, but he ran in and called a foul.
      • I haven’t watched the tape yet.
  • DJ Funderburk has gotten better.
    • Needed that for this team.
    • Can certainly score inside, but also outside.
    • Rebounding was great.
    • Giving us 18 points.
    • I think that will be big for us moving forward.
  • I thought Torin (Dorn), Markell (Johnson) and Braxton (Beverly) were very aggressive in the 2nd half.
    • At halftime all 3 of those guys had a combined 5 points, and I thought they played up.
  • He’s (Trent Forrest) tough because he gets in the paint.
    • Give Trent a lot of credit, he knows who he is.
    • He doesn’t try to do anything outside of his game.
    • When you have a point guard whose content with running the offense and then scoring when he has to, you have a good thing going.
  • I thought we drove because we were able to get paint touches.
    • They do a great job denying wings, and a lot of the time you have 1-on-1 drives.
    • I thought in the 1st half we didn’t do a great job of finishing.
    • We made certain shots, where we talked about guys going off two feet making strong moves.
  • I think the biggest challenge when preparing for Florida State is they play 11 guys. You have to concentrate on personnel opposed to a team.
  • Other than Kabengele, you don’t have a lot of guys scoring points.
    • So a team like this is tough.
    • On any given night, you don’t know who can lead in scoring.
  • I told my guards you have to adjust to the way they call it.
  • Sometimes it depends. Some games they allow you to play a little bit more.
  • I heard Florida State fans say, “let us play a little bit.” I was for that.

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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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