Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media on Monday to talk about NC State’s upcoming game against #16 Memphis on Thanksgiving Day. You can watch the video here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.
- They’re playing extremely hard and they’re averaging almost 87 points a game.
- Turning people over 20 times a game
- Average 10 steals a game.
- Very big-time challenge because the way they play.
- It’s almost like looking in the mirror at times.
- They try to play fast, trap you, get easy baskets.
Memphis utilizing Precious Achiuwa without James Wiseman…
- I see them going to him more.
- He’s playing great, he’s playing physical.
- He’s a hard matchup problem because he plays so hard
- He’s getting almost double digits a game, maybe even 10 a game.
- He reminds me of the Kenneth Farieds and the Montrezl Harrells with how hard he competes.
Memphis’ loss to Oregon…
- I’m very cautious with the Oregon game because I know Wiseman played.
- Want to watch the games where he doesn’t play, to see how they play.
Importance of non-conference games like this…
- It’s important. I’m excited.
- This is 1 of the games we were excited to have, because we knew they had a tremendous job recruiting class.
- They’re good. I know a lot of people say they ain’t good without James Wiseman. It doesn’t matter. They got really good players. They’ve got youth.
- They remind you a lot of when Duke had Wendell Carter and Marvin Bagley. They’re a talented group.
- It’s a great opportunity to get a chance to see how much we’ve grown and where we need to get better.
Veterans stepping up…
- One thing we do have on our side is guys who have played in these type of games so we got the opportunity to see where we at.
- We took off yesterday, got a chance to practice today, tomorrow and Wednesday before we play.
- We’ve got a lot to take in. We’ve got to get better in a lot of areas.
- Those guys (Memphis) are tremendous on the offensive rebounds.
- One of the biggest thing we’ve got to figure out is now how to stop them in transition.
- A.J. won’t play.
- Knee is back bothering him.
- Good chance that AJ won’t play the rest of the year.
- Could medically redshirt.
- We’re hopeful.
- I was talking to our trainer, we hope we can get him in practice today and get some reps for him.
Manny Bates’ opportunity for a big game against Memphis…
- Manny certainly has got to be big in this game and also D.J. Funderburk.
- As we go along and we get more games under our belt, you’ll see Manny become a lot better.
- His defense is way ahead of this offense, but he’s starting to get better and feel comfortable in those areas.
On having Markell Johnson and D.J. Funderburk back for Memphis…
- I’m excited that we got healthy guys now.
- It’s not the team that I envisioned when I first began the season because I thought we would have 10, maybe 11 guys that played the way we want to play.
- Right now we’re playing with 8 scholarship guys, and those guys are playing the bulk of the minutes.
- If you add Danny Dixon to it that would be 9 guys available to play.
- I am happy to have D.J. and also Markell back because those guys bring so much value to our team.
- Look back 6 games ago (Georgia Tech), and not having those guys, you wonder what the outcome could be.
Pumping Markell up for Memphis..
- I texted him after our game and said “Man, another good game — another solid game.”
- What I meant by that is that was the 2nd game in a row that he had 12 points and he started to fill his offense a little bit better.
- I won’t pump him up, I’ll just hope that he continues to have a solid week and then on Thursday I hope we get the Senior that we all know is capable of being a really good player.
C.J. Bryce excelling in “Torin Dorn’s” role…
- He’s doing some of the things that Torin did.
- I haven’t been able to play him as a big guard.
- I’m only bringing one guard off the bench and it’s been Devon Daniels.
- He’s had to play the 3.
- It’s shifted a little bit this year, because you might see us more use a bigger lineup than smaller, because if Danny comes back, then I can move Jericole Hellems to more of a 3 and play D.J. some at the 4.
- Because we don’t have extra guards, because of the Dereon Seabron situation, and not having a couple of other guys, it’s made us become a bigger team than smaller.
- C.J.’s doing some great things.
- He’s obviously doing some of the things Torin did, leading us in scoring and rebounding, but he’s doing it more from the small forward position.
- He’s playing like a veteran.
- It’s funny because when I recruited him, he came in as an athletic guy who would run, jump..more of a slasher.
- Now he’s moving more towards a mid range guy, and hopefully, as he gets comfortable throughout the year, you’ll see him making more shots behind the arc.
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.