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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.

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  • 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 Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier

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George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.

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.

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NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer

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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.

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.

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NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP

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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.

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Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket

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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.

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.

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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.

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