Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference this afternoon, after NC State beat UNCG 80-77 in dramatic fashion today on a half court buzzer beating shot from Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson. You can watch it here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.
- Wes Miller and UNCG are tough. He’s done a tremendous job here.
- They believe in one another.
- It reminds me a lot of my last two teams at UNCW that won 25 games and 29 games.
- They play very hard.
- They understand that they have a system that works.
- I thought it would be a great game for us overall when you look at the end of the season.
- These guys are going to win a lot of games.
- Going to compete in their tournament.
- Chance to be an NCAA team.
- The atmosphere was great.
- It will end up being a top-100 win for us, I think.
- I’m excited about the win.
- We got a great road win here.
- We responded.
- Some big plays down the stretch.
- Went up 10, they cut the lead.
- Our guys stayed poised.
- I was satisfied.
- 2nd time this year that I’ve drawn up a play for Markell Johnson to make a half court shot, so I’m a heck of a coach for that.
- I never think those shots are going in, but I saw it midway through the air, and thought ‘Man, this thing has a chance to go in.’ It did. It’s crazy.
- Markell Johnson was having a great night.
- He was feeling it.
- Never really asks for the basketball.
- He was telling me ‘Run a couple plays for me.’
- I thought we did a poor job of defending the 3-point line.
- They were averaging 9 three’s per game.
- They had 8 in the 1st half.
- At halftime, we talked about taking away the three’s, and we only gave up 2 in the 2nd half. That certainly helped us win the game.
- They were averaging 9 three’s per game.
- We wanted to make them play fast.
- Talked before the game about running on makes and misses.
- UNCG does a tremendous job in their press.
- It isn’t really designed to turn you over, but it ends up turning you over.
- It’s designed to slow you down, so they play 17-20 seconds of defense.
- We tried to push…to get out in front.
- It helped that we made some three pointers.
- We have a balanced team offensively.
- Any guy can leads us in scoring.
- Been averaging at least 4-5 guys in double figures. That’s what makes us unique.
- It’s not the team I thought I had at the beginning of the year, when there were 10 or 11 guys I could put in the game.
- All 8-9guys that I have available, play for each other. That’s important.
- As we continue to build our culture, we want those guys to be playing for NC State. I think we’re getting there.
- Whatever happened, Devon Daniels shouldn’t have said anything.
- I don’t know what he said or when he said it, but that’s not us. He wasn’t even involved in the play.
- Whatever he said, I’ll find out later, that’s not who we are.
- It changed it a little bit, because they got going after that, and made some plays.
- I talked about it after we lost to Memphis, we talked about how we won five straight games before that. We’re always talking about going back on a winning streak. When you look at this stretch, and I know everybody has talked about how our stretch of five games was going to be tough. We’ve found a way now in that stretch of games to win five in a row, with two of them being on the road. It’ll go a long way. I think our guys will believe. I give these guys a lot of credit. Everytime we made a run, and we went up double digits a couple times, they fought back. For our guys to respond says a lot about us.
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.