- I didn’t even tell him he was playing today. He knew I was going to dress him out but I didn’t know if I was going to play him.
- One of the reasons I decided to play him was because Danny Dixon’s foot is bothering him. If Danny was a little more healthy, D.J. might not have played this game.
Head Coach Kevin Keatts spoke with the media after NC State’s 86-77 victory over Florida International last night in his postgame press conference. You can watch it here, or check out the BULLETED breakdown.
- We played a good team, and I knew we were going to play a good team.
- I watched those guys scrimmage Miami and also watched the Mississippi State game, and I came into this game a little concerned.
- They remind me a lot of my Wilmington team…they’re smaller, but they can press and they can get after you.
- We talked about trying to have low turnovers and fortunately we did. We had twelve.
- I thought we got a little careless at the end, but they put a lot of pressure on us.
- They got under us.
- They sped us up a little bit.
- We got going late in the second half.
- I was able to find a combination that worked, and the combination I’m looking for is one that will give me something on the defensive end.
- I thought the guys played well.
- I asked our guys to do a better job of offensive rebounding.
- Since I’ve been here, we’ve been a great offensive rebounding team.
- 18 tonight.
- Manny Bates and D.J. Funderburk both did a tremendous job.
- 11 between the two of them.
- I asked our guys to do a better job of offensive rebounding.
- Some guys were a little slow.
- Markell’s not Markell right now, but I thought he did a good job of finishing the game.
- Excited to get the win, especially when you look around college basketball.
- I don’t know that there is a dominating team and on any given night you can play and anybody can beat you.
- So I’m happy to get out of here with a great win and we’ll move on to the next one and get better.
- Getting him back takes a little bit of pressure off Manny.
- Manny is a freshman.
- Even though he was here, he didn’t play last year.
- D.J. is a really good offensive rebounder, so he takes a lot of pressure off of Manny where there’s so much of a learning curve right now.
- I brought him back because he’s done everything that I’ve asked.
- I’ve said this all along, if you want to be a part of NC State basketball, you have to do all the right stuff or I’m going to hold you accountable for it.
- D.J.’s checked all the boxes that I’ve asked.
- I haven’t spoken to D.J. since I suspended him other than getting help side…block a shot.
- My initial conversation with him was, ‘If you want to be a part of this program here’s what you have to do,’ and I haven’t talked to him about it any more, but I have checked with every coach, academic person or anybody on campus that I could talk to to make sure that he was doing everything he was supposed to do.
Effect of not having everyone…
- In practice I haven’t been able to put everybody on the floor together because of injuries…because of D.J.
- When we did allow him to come back to practice, he’s been on the scout team.
- We’ve had so many combinations the last couple of games that we haven’t had a chance to work out together.
- For the first time I am looking around in practice and we have 10 good players that can get after each other.
- 2 weeks ago I probably had the best 8-man practice schedule you could have, and I am tired of that, so it’s good to have 5-on-5.
- He made a great move on the right wing, then pump-faked and shot it, and then had two good shots on the left wing that just didn’t go down.
- He’s as good of a shooter as I’ve ever seen, especially at his height.
- Once Pat learns to play the way we’re playing, where we play up and down and high-tempo, I think he’ll make those shots in the second half.
- I am not saying that he’s wearing down, but they’re not going in the second half right now.
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.