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Kevin Keatts on Memphis: BULLETED



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. Taylor…

  • 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.

Danny Dixon…

  • 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.

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Former NC State PG Blake Harris Transfers to North Carolina A&T



Back on October 24th, it was revealed that Point Guard Blake Harris was no longer on NC State’s roster. We finally know where Harris’ new home is.

Harris will be transferring to North Carolina A&T.

Last year at NC State, Harris averaged 3.1 points in an average of 9.5 minutes per game (30 games).

Harris should have two years of eligibility left to play at A&T.

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#13 NC State Upsets #9 Maryland 66-59 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge



The 13th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team (9-0) upset #9 Maryland (7-2) 66-59 tonight in Reynolds Coliseum in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The victory snapped a 7-game losing streak against Top-10 opponents.

Junior Guard Kai Crutchfield’s three with 2:47 left in the game was a dagger, as were the other 4 she hit, going 5 for 8 from beyond the arch, scoring a game-high 19 points. The 5 treys were a new career high.

Sophomore Center sensation Elissa Cunane notched her 3rd straight double-double (5th of the year), with 16 points (7-9) and 15 rebounds.

Junior Kayla Jones also had a double-double, with 11 points and new career high 14 rebounds.

It’s a phenomenal feat that the Wolfpack were able to knock off a team like the Terrapins considering the fact they turned the ball over a whopping 28 times. Despite creating 12 less turnovers, NC State only scored 4 less points off of turnovers. The countering agent to NC State’s turnover woes was their 51-27 advantage on the glass, scoring 16 second chance points, compared to Maryland’s 5.

NC State took the lead with 8:47 left in the 3rd Quarter, and never looked back, leading for 48% of the contest. They will host Elon on Sunday at Noon.

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



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



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’re 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’re not scoring the basketball.
  • Proud of Jericole Hellems.
    • He’s been the guy the last 3 games or so who’s played with a lot of energy and done a lot of good things for us, and he’s being rewarded for it.
  • Happy with where we’re at. We’ve 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’m always talking about when you lose a game, you’re 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.


  • Our key was to play smart.
  • Haven’t finished a couple games.
  • 2 losses, don’t think we played down the stretch.
  • So that may be me, making sure I’ve got the right people in at the end of the game.
  • Played with the lead.
  • Taught that this is a long season.
    • You’re going to have highs and lows.
    • You’re going to have some games where you’re up 10 to 15 and you’re 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’s 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.


  • 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’t 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’t 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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