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UMKC Graduate Transfer Center Danny Dixon Commits to NC State

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UMKC Graduate Transfer Center Danny Dixon (6’10″/230) has committed to NC State.

Dixon played his first two years at George Mason, and sat out the 2017-18 season under NCAA transfer rules after heading to UMKC. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 2018-19 for the Kangaroos this year, starting in 16 of the 32 games he played in (19.7 minutes per game).

As a Graduate Transfer, Dixon will be able to play immediately, and has one year of eligibility remaining.

NC State’s backcourt for next year is as follows:

  • Graduate Senior Pat Andree (6’8″/225)
  • Graduate Senior Danny Dixon (6’10″/230)
  • Redshirt Junior DJ Funderburk (6’10″/210)
  • Redshirt Freshman Manny Bates (6’11″/211)

With the addition of Dixon, this reveals that NC State is either losing Senior point guard Markell Johnson, 2019 point guard signee Jalen Lecque, or attrition somewhere else on the roster.

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Hellems’ Career-Night Carries NC State to a Convincing Defensive Victory Over Wisconsin

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Sophomore Jericole Hellems was the offensive spark that NC State needed last night to beat Wisconsin 69-54 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Two games in a row Hellems has set new career highs. After scoring 17 against Memphis, he led all players in scoring last night with 23 points, sinking 8 of 13 from the floor, and an impressive 4 of 6 from beyond the arch.

In the 1st half, the score changed 12 times, but after Senior Wolfpack Guard Markell Johnson hit a half court shot at the buzzer heading into the half to put NC State up 32-30, they would never lose the lead again.

Wisconsin got a taste of their own medicine, with the Wolfpack shutting them down defensively all game long. The Badgers shot a meager 37.5% from the field and 21.7% from three.

On the other hand, despite what Wisconsin does on the defensive end, the Wolfpack managed to shoot a decent 48.2% from the field, and 40% from beyond the arch.

Despite coming off of the bench due to missing film session on Tuesday night, Senior Guard C.J. Bryce was a stabilizing factor once again, shredding the mid-range jump shot, scoring 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting.

Johnson was the only other player in double figures, but it was an ugly 12, shooting 5-15.

It was a 40-minute effort by the Wolfpack, which will result in a win on most nights.

NC State will head up to Winston-Salem on Saturday to play Wake Forest in their 2nd ACC game at 2pm.

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Kevin Keatts Postgame Press Conference After Wisconsin Victory: BULLETED

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack’s 69-54 victory over Wisconsin last night. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.

  • Did a lot of really good things tonight.
  • Really impressed¬†by¬†our defense.
  • Carried over from the 2nd half in the Memphis game, especially when you look at the¬†last 6¬†or 7 minutes of the half.
  • When you‚Äôre playing against a¬†Wisconsin¬†team that makes it tough for you to score, if you can find a way to score, certainly you can win the game.
    • Talked leading up¬†to this game, to not get discouraged if you‚Äôre not scoring the basketball.
  • Proud of Jericole Hellems.
    • He‚Äôs been the¬†guy the last 3 games or so¬†who‚Äôs played with a lot of energy and done a lot of good things for us, and he‚Äôs¬†being rewarded for it.
  • Happy¬†with where we‚Äôre at. We‚Äôve got to continue to get better, but I thought we¬†learned from the Memphis loss.

Rebounding from Memphis…

  • We felt like if we had played better in the 1st half against Memphis, we would¬†have put¬†ourselves in a better situation to win the game.
  • I‚Äôm always talking¬†about when you¬†lose a game, you‚Äôre a little sick. I thought we got well tonight.

Best game of the season…

  • You could say that.
  • Competed for 40 minutes.

Markell’s half court shot at halftime…(humor)

  • I did a great job at halftime.
  • I drew up an unbelievable¬†play¬†for Markell Johnson to hit that 3 to go into halftime. I thought that was the best one that I¬†drew up¬†probably in a few years.
  • He did a tremendous job making that shot.

Finishing…

  • Our key was to play smart.
  • Haven’t finished a couple games.
  • 2 losses, don‚Äôt think we played down the¬†stretch.
  • So that may be me, making sure I‚Äôve got the right people in at the end of the game.
  • Played¬†with the lead.
  • Taught that this is a long season.
    • You‚Äôre going to have highs and lows.
    • You‚Äôre going to have¬†some¬†games where you‚Äôre up 10 to 15 and you‚Äôre going to have some games that are going to wear you down.
  • Take good shots.
  • Run your offense and rely on your defense.

Jericole Hellems…

  • He plays with passion and energy.
  • In college basketball, there are¬†always¬†1 or 2 guys on the team that might not be as skilled as the other guys on the team, but he just plays¬†hard.
  • He bought in on the defensive end¬†and he‚Äôs making¬†shots.
  • I actually wanted him to take a few more shots.
    • He passed up on a couple of¬†threes he could have¬†taken.
  • He works on his game.

Crowd…

  • Very happy with our crowd.
    • I was concerned coming in with a 9:15 p.m. tip.
  • Students were¬†tremendous.
  • When this place is rocking and we have a lot of people in here, it is a tough place to play.
  • As we get better, I want to eventually get to¬†the point¬†where we sell out no matter who we play or what time we play.
  • I am proud and happy that everyone¬†turned out tonight¬†for us.

C.J. Bryce not starting…

  • He missed film last night.
    • His reasoning for missing film¬†was very¬†valid, but it doesn‚Äôt matter to me because he missed film.
  • We have standards with what we want to do,¬†so we gave¬†someone else the opportunity.
  • That being said, I thought he was mature about it and handled it well.
  • I¬†wanted to see if¬†he would pout about it, but I don‚Äôt think he did, and he bounced back and made some big plays¬†for us.

Quality Win…

  • I hope it goes a long way.
  • I hope Wisconsin gets everything together and wins the Big Ten.

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NC State 69 Wisconsin 54: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State handled business last night in Raleigh, defeating Wisconsin 69-54 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 69 Wisconsin 54: BOX SCORE

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NC State beat Wisconsin handedly 69-54 last night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, improving to 6-2 on the year. The Box Score is below.

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