Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State’s 84-65 victory over Detroit-Mercy yesterday. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.
- Any time you get your first win of the year with a new group of guys, it is exciting. I thought we did some really good things tonight.
- Braxton Beverly did a great job with a career-high of 23 points and made 6 three pointers.
- He did a tremendous job of getting us going.
- It was good to have Markell Johnson back on the floor.
- He led us in assists and rebounds.
- He moved the ball and it is always good to have a legitimate point guard on the floor to make plays.
- We came into the game knowing we were going to be playing against an elite scorer in Antoine Davis.
- We wanted him to have to take a lot of shots to get his points, and we accomplished what we wanted to.
- He scored 28, but took 23 shots to get there.
- We did a great job of defending in front of the three-point line.
- We still have to get better in certain areas.
- We were able to get out in transition and get some easy shots, which we weren’t able to do in our scrimmages and against Georgia Tech.
- Manny Bates is a game changer on the back end of the press.
- He had seven blocks tonight.
- I have to ask everyone to be a little patient with him.
- When you first think of a post guy you think about the effectiveness offensively, but that doesn’t account for the mistakes that we make that he can erase with his shot-blocking ability.
- Against Georgia Tech, he had 5 blocks and then 7 tonight, so he is averaging 6 blocks a game.
- He is getting better and is going to continue to get more confident in his role.
- He has got to do more talking on the back end, but overall I like what he is doing.
- He didn’t shoot as well because it is tough when you haven’t practiced.
- He only practiced yesterday for a little bit to get back into the flow of things.
- He passed up some shots.
- I was yelling at him to shoot the ball on that three that he did make.
- He will be fine. I don’t worry about him because I know when his scoring comes back, he will give us another weapon on the perimeter.
On Antoine Davis playing for his father Mike Davis…
- Give that kid a lot of credit.
- For Mike Davis, it has to be really tough to coach your son because when your son’s a point guard and you win it’s really great, but when your son’s a point guard and you lose games they complain.
On hoping his sons play one day…
- When it comes to my sons, if they’re fortunate enough to play Division I or Division II basketball, all the recruiting would come through my wife.
- I won’t do any of the recruiting, trust me.
On John Calipari being in the building…
- You have to give him credit. He came up here to see his son.
- It’s tough when your son’s playing for another team and you have to take care of your own team.
- I talked to Cal 3 days ago, and he told me he wanted to come to the game, and I took the opportunity to tell him to take it easy on A.W. Hamilton when they played Eastern Kentucky, and he beat them by 40, so he didn’t listen to me at all.
- He had a quiet 19, but I thought he did some good stuff.
- If we’re going to be successful, our veteran guys obviously have to lead us.
- C.J. Bryce is one of them and Markell is the other.
- He has put together back-to-back games, and when you get to your senior year, that’s what you want from your seniors, to be able to do that.
- I was very happy with C.J. and the way he played.
- I wish he had rebounded the ball a little bit more.
- In the last game, he had a lot of rebounds. He led us in rebounds.
- I thought we had some opportunities to get us to the zone to get some 2nd and 3rd shots, but we didn’t get them for whatever reason.
Improving before ACC play…
- I am smart enough not to look past everyone else to try and get to the ACC games, but I want to get better in certain areas.
- Defensive transition, which against Georgia Tech, I didn’t like, and I thought we did better today.
- Offensive transition I didn’t like against Georgia Tech, and we did better today.
- I want to do a better job rebounding the basketball. I thought we gave up too many 2nd and 3rd shots.
- That being said, we are going from game-to-game.
- I want to see improvement next time we play on Wednesday.
- As we go along, by the time we get to the next ACC game, we’ll show up having gotten better in a lot of areas.
- A.J. just wasn’t feeling good and was going through a couple of personal things, and he and I talked before the game, and we thought it was better that he just sit out of this game.
No update on D.J. Funderburk. Thanks for asking, though.
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.