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WATCH: UNC smokes NC State 100-80 in embarrassing loss

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The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated NC State, 100-80 in a matchup of ACC Basketball rivals. Caleb Love led the Tar Heels in scoring with 21 points and added 5 assists. Armando Bacot notched another double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds and added 6 blocks. Brady Manek and R.J. Davis each scored 17 points in the win. For NC State, Terquavion Smith scored 34 points and Jericole Hellems scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. (ACC NETWORK YOUTUBE)

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Hoosierwolf
Hoosierwolf
2 years ago

There is no doubt in my mind that Keatts should be fired. Let’s face it, he screwed up. Here is my take. I am almost 100% certain that if Keatts weren’t such a likable guy, he would be fired at the end of the season, if not before. I also think that’s the only reason that some continue to support him. He is a good guy, but he is way out of his element. It is crystal clear that he isn’t going to take us anywhere we want to go. The best thing to do, is to go ahead and… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
2 years ago
Reply to  Hoosierwolf

I’m not necessarily challenging you on him “screwing up”, but I want to know how you think he screwed up. Maybe this one loss wasn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back for you, or maybe it was, I don’t know… but, I want to know what you mean by “screwing up”. Personally, I still think there are a lot of things that can happen between now and March. Let’s play devil’s advocate and hypothetically say he actually wins out the season and has a strong showing in the ACC Tournament, and then afterwards we go to the tournament… pipe… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Afterglow
Hoosierwolf
Hoosierwolf
2 years ago
Reply to  Afterglow

Your points are valid. He screwed up by mismanaging his Roster. He didn’t recruit post players other than Bates. Duwuona isn’t competent and it kills us every game. Gibson isn’t even serviceable, and Ross weighed about 100 lbs soaking wet. All he concentrated on was guards. And he screwed up bad by benching Seabron for the majority of the season half. I believe that Seabron will leave without a doubt after that. Will all he has done for this team this year, he didn’t deserve that. His rotations are bizarre at best, and he makes very questionable decisions. Also, the… Read more »

Afterglow
Afterglow
2 years ago
Reply to  Hoosierwolf

I question all things when we lose, meaning, it’s easy to play that game of “revisionist history” after a loss, whereas if we’re winning, rotations and in game management/decisions become less under scruntiny. I get it, we’re lacking some in the post play, but he could have never predicted Bates would go down with injury in the first game in of for the season for that matter. I would argue that he did recruit post players in Ross, Gibson and Duwuona, and that he saw something in them and believed that a year of development and playing under the wing… Read more »

Biscuit
Biscuit
2 years ago

I see no advantage to keeping Keatts another year.

Afterglow
Afterglow
2 years ago
Reply to  Biscuit

This has been a tough year starting with the loss of Bates, then Ross, and throw Gnatt in there as well. Duwuona has done the best he can, and this year will help him to continue his movement forward. I don’t think Keatts needs to go. I think Keatts needs to hire some assistants that can help. And yet I get it… this year feels over even though there’s a lot of basketball to be played so I totally understand the frustration. Winning out the rest of the season would be about as big a miracle as winning the ACC… Read more »

makncsu33
makncsu33
2 years ago

Turned it off at halftime.

Afterglow
Afterglow
2 years ago
Reply to  makncsu33

Same. I really struggled to watch. The amount of yelling I did got me a wellness check from the police which was the highlight of my day. LOL! Might need to let the neighbors know I’m okay.

Biscuit
Biscuit
2 years ago
Reply to  makncsu33

I turned off the sports package. Dont care anymore. At 73 I had hoped State would be a contender again. I hoped the chancellor and others in the overall administration would change (Trustees, BOG) their ‘hold’ over basketball, but it aint gonna happen. I still blame them for the V mess and everything since.

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Here is the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket

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The bracket for the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is here. The 10th ranked NC State is the #2 seed in the tournament, and their first game will be on Friday at 5pm on ACC Network.

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The Wolfpack will play the winner of the Duke (7 seed) vs. Georgia Tech (10 seed)/Pitt (15 seed).

NC State defeated Pitt 83-47 on February 11th, and they defeated Georgia Tech 86-85 on February 18th.

The Wolfpack lost to Duke 58-69 on February 25th. NC State entered the game as 1.5-point favorites, but ended up losing in enemy territory.

Georgia Tech defeated Pitt 68-58 on January 7th. Duke defeated both Georgia Tech and Pitt this season, defeating the Yellow Jackets 84-46 on January 14th, and the Panthers on 69-38 on February 1st.

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There is Reason to be Frustrated

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If you are an NC State fan, it’s only reasonable that you’re frustrated with the state of the Men’s Basketball program.

Under Kevin Keatts, NC State has gone to the NCAA Tournament twice in 7 seasons. The Wolfpack didn’t win a game in the Big Dance in either of those appearances.

Keatts has led NC State to a 3-5 record in the ACC Tournament, failing to reach the semifinals a single time.

You could make an argument that his first season in Raleigh was his best (I don’t think it was), because the Wolfpack finished 5th in the ACC, which is the highest the team has finished in the conference under his watch.

2017-18 – 5th
2018-19 – 8th
2019-20 – 6th
2020-21 – 9th
2021-22 – 15th
2022-23 – 6th
2023-23 – 9th (currently)

Average finish: 8.3

(For context, in 6 seasons, Mark Gottfried’s average finish was 8.7.)

Over the past 7 seasons, NC State has been ranked in the Top-25 in only 8 polls (2 separate seasons), with the highest being on January 7th, 2019, when the Wolfpack were ranked 15th.

Under Gottfried, NC State was ranked in 13 polls (all one season). With Herb Sendek at the helm, the Wolfpack were ranked in the Top-25 in 5 different seasons, in a total of 35 polls.

Do I think Kevin Keatts is the worst coach at NC State in recent memory? No, that award goes to Sydney Lowe. In all reality, NC State’s record overall and in conference play is nearly identical under Keatts, as it was under Mark Gottfried and Herb Sendek.

(Overall/Conference)
Kevin Keatts – 58.3/48.3
Mark Gottfried – 58.9/45.3
Herb Sendek – 59.1/45.0

What’s the difference between Keatts and the other two?

A couple of observations.

Sendek finished his time at NC State with 5 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and Gottfried started off his tenure with 4 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolfpack advanced to the 2nd round 3 times, and the Sweet 16 once under Sendek. Under Gottfried, they advanced to the 2nd round twice.

Sendek led NC State to the ACC Championship game 3 times (in 10 years), and the semifinals 4 times. Gottfried led the Wolfpack to the semifinals on 3 occasions. Heck, Sidney Lowe led NC State to the ACC Championship game once, and the semifinals on another occasion.

Is the NC State Men’s Basketball program worse off under Keatts than it was under the previous coaches? If you simply look at total wins and losses, that’s not necessarily the case, but when you look at the Wolfpack’s production in postseason play, there is no other answer besides ‘yes.’

Every now and then you have to be willing to eat crow. Years ago, I was of the opinion that Herb Sendek needed to go. Do I think that Sendek would have brought NC State back to where it was in the 80’s? I didn’t think it then, and I’m not certain my opinion on that has changed, but the past 20 years has proven to me that the grass isn’t always greener.

Call me nostalgic, but from a historical perspective, I believe NC State fans have right to expect their Men’s Basketball program to be successful…to consistently be ranked in the Top-25…to finish in the top half of the ACC…compete for conference championships…and go to the Big Dance on a regular basis.

There is reason to be frustrated.

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Madison Hayes Will Be Returning for Her Final Year of Eligibility in 2024-25

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Last night NC State Guard Madison Hayes was honored on Senior Night, but she also announced that she would be returning in 2024-25 for her final year of eligibility. She was honored alongside Center River Baldwin and Forward Mimi Collins, who are both out of eligibility after this season.

Hayes is in the midst of a breakout season this year, averaging 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which are both career highs. She ranks 3rd on the team in scoring, behind the other two Guards in the starting lineup, Aziaha James and Saniya Rivers, who will also be back in 2024-25. Even though she is a Guard, Hayes leads the Wolfpack in rebounding. Her 44.1% Field Goal Percentage is the best of any of the Wolfpack Guards, and her Three Point Percentage of 41.7% is the best on the squad.

As a Senior in high school, Hayes was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2020, and she earned a spot on the All SEC Freshman team in 2021 as a member of Mississippi St. In 2021-22, she transferred to NC State, and played in 26 games off the bench, but earned a spot in the starting lineup last season.

Big news for the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball program!

 

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NC State 64 #9 Duke 79: BOX SCORE

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#9 Duke defeated NC State 79-64 in PNC Arena this evening. With one game remaining for the Wolfpack in the regular season, they are now 17-13 overall, and 9-10 in ACC play. Below is the Box Score.

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