- It is something that you can go back and yell at them about, but when you are at a lull at eight minutes left and you have 113 points they will not listen to you.
- They will say ‘We have scored 113 points. What do you want us to do?’
- We had some different combinations that have never played before, and I didn’t think they played well together.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team beat Mount Olive 113-73 yesterday in their lone exhibition game. You can watch Head Coach Kevin Keatts Press Conference after the game here, or read a bulleted breakdown below.
- Did some really good things out here. Like where we’re at right now.
- Wanted to see some improvement from our scrimmage game, and I thought I did.
- Came out both halves very solid. Played extremely hard on both ends.
- Told the guys in the locker room this would be our last dress rehearsal before we open the season with Georgia Tech.
- Huge game for not just us but our entire conference.
- Our veteran guards, all 3 of those guys played a tremendous game.
- Controlled the game.
- Got to the free throw line.
- Made shots.
- If I can get 3 of 4 of those guys, Braxton Beverly being 1, playing well every night, then we have a chance to win every game.
- Man, I’m just happy.
- Kid went through so much.
- For him to be able to get out on the floor for the 1st time in PNC…I thought the crowd was tremendous.
- You don’t respect Manny Bates until he’s behind you, and you make a mistake.
- He kind of wipes out your mistake.
- He deserves to play. Excited about him.
- If he can stay healthy, he’ll be one of the better players that plays at his position.
- He started off a little slow in our closed scrimmage.
- 1st time playing in 2 years.
- He looked for his offense a little bit today, which he hadn’t done that in a couple of days or so.
- 1 of the nicest kids you’re going to meet.
- A little emotional for me just to have the opportunity to watch him play.
Points off Turnovers…
- If you look at the stats sheet from our 2 scrimmages, we forced 26 turnovers, and that’s important for us to be really good.
- We play up-tempo and try to get in the passing lanes.
- Thought our guys did a great job in the scrimmage.
- We had 47 deflections and I didn’t get the total in the end tonight, but at halftime we had 23.
- Nobody seriously injured. Some guys were a little banged-up and a little sore.
- Obviously I need them on November 5th, as opposed to tonight where we took a little break and got some guys out.
- Braxton Beverly…nothing is wrong with his knee, just got a little bruise on it…so he played a couple minutes.
- Same thing with Danny Dixon. Little bruise on foot.
- Dereon Seabron turned his ankle pretty bad 3 days ago in practice. X-rays were negative
- He should be fine. Don’t have a time table for how long he will be out.
- He should be fine. Don’t have a time table for how long he will be out.
Jericole Hellems not coming back into game…
- Wanted to make sure he was okay.
- Coming into the game, he had bumped his shoulder against somebody.
- If anyone were to sneeze wrong, I wasn’t going to let him play in the game.
- I think he is going to be fine.
C.J. Bryce at PG…
- I can see him playing some point guard.
- 2 or 3 guys I feel comfortable with when Markell isn’t in the game.
- C.J. Bryce, Braxton Beverly (has done it in some bigger wins) and I think Dereon Seabron can also fill that role.
- What’s funny about C.J. is he’s a smart kid, and he knows the guys that have played that position have led us in scoring for a few years.
- He came to me the other day and asked if he could play the 4-guard.
- In recruiting him, if I had told him he would play the 4, he never would have played for me.
- He is smart enough to know that Torin Dorn’s position got a lot of shots, and he wanted to fill the role.
- I can play him 1-4.
- We played him a lot tonight because we wanted to see how he handles the basketball.
- Locked in today and that is great to see.
- When Markell plays 40 minutes, he is 1 of the best guards in the country, but he needs to stay consistent.
- He has accepted a different role as a leader this year, and we are hoping to get that every game this year.
- He is vocal off the court.
- You should hear him in the locker room sometimes.
Opening with an ACC opponent…
- Opening with an ACC game is tough.
- Accepted the game because everyone in our conference is doing it.
- Excited about the game because it gets to launch the ACC Network for basketball.
- I don’t think you will get any coach in our league to be overjoyed about playing those openers.
- It’s great.
- When you are in college basketball, the best thing is to be old and stay old.
- Excited to have veteran players at the guard position.
Offensive Lull in final 8 minutes…
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
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.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
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.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
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.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
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.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
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.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
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.
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.