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NC State’s BRACKETOLOGY Report (3/16/19)

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Here’s your NC State BRACKETOLOGY report after yesterday’s games.

The Bracket Matrix still has the Wolfpack as a #11 seed.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi still has NC State in a First Four Play-In game as a #11 Seed.

USAToday and CBSSports don’t even mention the Pack.

NBCSports has the Wolfpack as one of the First Four Out.

RotoWire still has NC State as one of the First Four In, but has moved them from a #12 seed to a #11 seed.

Delphi Bracketology, which has been the most accurate bracketologist over the past 5 years, has the Wolfpack our.

Bracketville, ranking 2nd, has moved NC State from First Four In, to First Four Out.

HoopsHD, ranking 9th, has the Wolfpack as a #11 seed.

Inside the Hall, ranking 10th, has NC State as one of the First Four In as a #11 seed.

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Open 2019-20 Season Against Georgia Tech

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It was announced on Friday that the NC State Men’s Basketball team will open the 2019-20 season against Georgia Tech on November 5th.

As you can see below, all of the ACC teams will face off against one another in their season openers next year (except Duke) to kickoff the launch of the new ACC Network, and the beginning of a 20-game conference slate.

ACC Announces 2019-20 Season-Opening Basketball Games

While the ACC openers will be on ESPN2, ESPNU and the ACC Network, as you can see above, NC State’s matchup versus Georgia Tech will be one of the 4 games on the ACC Network.

The last time the Wolfpack kicked off a basketball season with an ACC opponent was in 1979-80, when the Big Four Tournament still existed. NC State opened that year against the UNC (97-84, L), and beat Wake Forest 70-65 the next day.

In fact, this will mark only the 5th time in the history of the ACC (1953) that NC State has started a season against a conference opponent

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Kevin Keatts, Markell Johnson & Torin Dorn’s Presser After NC State Beat Hofstra in NIT

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NC State defeated Hofstra 84-78 in the 1st round of the 2019 NIT last night, and head coach Kevin Keatts, along with Redshirt Senior Torin Dorn & Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson met with the media for the postgame press conference. The video is ABOVE (Via TheWolfpacker), and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

KEATTS

  • Have to congratulate Hofstra on a great season.
    • Joe Mihalich has done a tremendous job with their program.
    • Told guys this is probably going to be as tough as any game they are going to play.
    • Knew whoever the champion coming out of that league was (CAA) was going to be very good.
    • Obviously pushed us to the limit.
    • It’s a great program.
  • Thought our guys did a great job of responding.
  • We put so much emphasis on making the Big Dance, and when you don’t make it, it is a tough thing, especially for 19 to 21-year old guys.
    • But these guys came out and responded.
    • They gave an honest day of hard work yesterday in practice and it paid off.
    • These two guys, Markell Johnson and Torin Dorn, being veterans, obviously carried us, and you can say the same about C.J. Bryce.
    • Excited to move on.
    • Our focus has completely changed, we are playing for a championship and that’s what we want.
  • Had 19 offensive rebounds.
    • Went into the game saying that in order to be successful, had to have at least 12 offensive rebounds.
    • They played an untraditional zone…when the ball gets in the middle, it turns into a little bit of man-to-man, but I thought we did a good job of rebounding against it.
  • Still trying to figure out if the length of the lane makes a difference (experimental NIT rules).
    • Thought that at this level, because the lane was wider, there would be more three-second calls.
      • Markell seems to think that because the lane is so wide that it stretches you out so much that you can’t play help-side defense.
  • Been playing against Justin Wright-Foreman for 3 years. He is tremendous.
    • He is a tough guard because he can step back and shoot, he is shifty enough to get to the rim.
    • What makes him really good is he doesn’t miss his free throws, so he gets to the basket and gets fouled and then makes his free throws.
    • When you think about the CAA, there is always 1 or 2 really good guys that come out of that league and he is one of them that has a chance to play for money one day.
  • At the end of the game, when we get 2 or 3 possessions, I will call some plays. Tonight Markell was feeling it and I wanted him to play.
    • I thought he made some great plays down the stretch.
    • When you have a veteran point guard, sometimes as the coach the smartest thing you can do is let him make plays, and I thought he did that tonight.
  • I haven’t thought about that, but this is probably the first time I have been favored too (On winning 1st Post Conference Tournament Game).
  • Our fan base is tremendous.
    • The excitement in this building today, our fan base is incredible. Without them, I don’t know if we would have gotten the win.
    • This is a special building…it’s an electric building, and to get a postseason win in this building means so much.
  • I’ve got to talk to Coach Yow about scheduling more game in Reynolds.
  • Winning the game means more to me because we are advancing.
    • When it comes to March, it is more about our players than the coaching staff. I have won enough games in my career, so it is about making sure these guys feel good and get to advance. It is not about me, it is about us.

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NC State 84 Hofstra 78: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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NC State improved to 23-11 on the season tonight, defeating Hofstra (27-8) 84-78 in the 1st Round of the NIT in Reynolds Coliseum. Check out the GoPack HIGHLIGHT REEL below.

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NC State Outlasts Hofstra 84-78 in 1st Rd of the NIT

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Despite their disappointment in missing the NCAA Tournament, the Wolfpack fanbase came out in droves tonight for NC State’s 84-78 victory over Hofstra in the 1st round of the NIT, selling out Reynolds Coliseum.

The Wolfpack had no answer for the Pride’s Justin Wright-Foreman in the 1st half, scoring 17 points. Wright-Foreman averaged 27 points per game this year, ranking 2nd in the NCAA. He finished the night with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

NC State fans were nervous at the break, with Hofstra leading 42-39 at halftime.

“2nd-half Markell” was in full force tonight. The Junior Wolfpack point guard scored 20 points in the 2nd half. He finished the night with 26 points, tying Hawkeye Whitney (1978) for the most points scored by an NC State player in an NIT game.

Senior Torin Dorn and CJ Bryce were the only other Wolfpack players to finish in double-figures, scoring 19 and 18 respectively. Bryce and Dorn also led NC State on the boards, with 11 and 9 respectively.

Hofstra made things interesting in the final minutes.

NC State held a 78-70 lead with 3:14 left on the clock, but the Pride went on a 6-0 run, making it a 2-point game with 2:24 left.

With 46 seconds left on the clock, it was still a 2-point game.

Johnson’s killer instinct kicked in with an And-1 layup with 19 seconds on the clock, that ultimately was the nail in the coffin.

NC State out-rebounded Hofstra 49-32, and held Hofstra to 41.5% shooting from the field.

The Wolfpack are now 23-11, and will host the winner of the # 6 Harvard vs. #3 Georgetown on Sunday night at 7:30pm in Reynolds Coliseum. The 23 wins marks the most since 2012-13.

Photo Credit: @Fred_Demarest

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