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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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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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NC State’s Markell Johnson Makes Athlon’s Preseason All-ACC 1st Team

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson was named to their Preseason All-ACC 1st Team.

1st Team

Cole Anthony – FR – G – UNC
Vernon Carey Jr. – FR – C – Duke
Markell Johnson – SR – G – NC State
Tre Jones – SO – G – Duke
Jordan Nwora – JR – F – Louisville

2nd Team 

Mamadi Diakite – SR – F – Virginia
Matthew Hurt – FR – F – Duke
Xavier Johnson – SO – G – Pittsburgh
Chris Lykes – JR – G – Miami
John Mooney – SR – F – Notre Dame

3rd Team 

James Banks III – SR – F/C – Georgia Tech
T.J. Gibbs – SR – G – Notre Dame
Braxton Key – SR – G – Virginia
Nik Popovic – SR – F – Boston College
Patrick Williams – FR – F – Florida State

You can pick up your copy of the 2019 Athlon College Basketball Preview at your local grocery store.

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