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What Kevin Keatts had to Say After NC State’s Win over FIU: BULLETED

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NC State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack’s win over FIU on Tuesday night. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • As far as the game goes I thought we did a tremendous job and played hard.
  • Everything didn’t go well, we didn’t make every shot even though sometimes it felt like we had stretches where we didn’t miss.
  • We talk about sometimes the hardest playing team positions themselves to win.
  • Jarkel Joiner was fabulous.
    • He did a great job of scoring the ball and when we needed him, he got really hot.
  • And I was so proud of Casey Morsell.
    • You know he really shot the ball well…he ran the floor…he did some good stuff…he drove the ball.
    • He had a mixed bag in this game.
  • Ernest Ross played well.
  • LJ Thomas did a great job.
  • Breon [Pass] came on and played well.
  • So it was a good team win. We found a way to win on both ends of the floor tonight.
    • This was very similar, in my opinion, to the way we played the Austin Peay game.
  • When you’re a good player and you don’t have a good shooting night you somehow have to figure out how to effect the game.
    • You know he [Terquavion Smith] still had 6 assists and 6 steals (may be most by a player since Keatts has been here), but it was good just to see some other guys step up when he didn’t have to go for 25 to 30 points a game.
    • I thought that everybody chipped in.
    • I don’t worry about him. He’s going to be fine. But he still did a great job in effecting the game.
    • You know you’re good when you don’t have a big night and people ask if you’re ok.
    • He’s fine. He just didn’t shoot well. I wish he could have 30 every game, but he just didn’t tonight, he had 15 though.
  • He [Casey Morsell] didn’t settle.
    • I thought this game was effective because earlier in the game he drove the ball.
    • When you look back at his first couple of games, they were all 3 pointers. He never really drove the ball.
    • He had a couple backdoor cuts.
  • I think tonight we got 79 shots or 76 shots up.
    • You know when you mix your game up and you can put the ball on the deck a little bit more it helps you.
  • He’s [Jarkel Joiner] huge.
    • It’s great to have a veteran Point Guard and you know he’s a tremendous personality.
    • He’s great in the locker room. He’s a good basketball player and he’s good for our team because you know he’s a team 1st guy.
    • He’s kinda trying to figure out ‘Alright do I get everybody involved, or when is it time to score’ and I think he’s doing a good job with it.”
  • He’s [LJ Thomas] getting better. You know he’s going to be in the mix of coming in and being able to play.
    • I like him and Breon [Pass] both coming in as Guards off the bench and both giving us a lift on both ends of the floor.
    • I’m proud of LJ. He didn’t play last game, but you wouldn’t have known that.
      • He didn’t hang his head. He went back to work the last couple days.
      • He earned the minutes he played.
  • Thought he [Greg Gantt] was fine.
    • He’s rusty, but he’s playing.
    • He’s a tremendous kid, and I think sometimes he gets blamed or it’s a lot of jokes about Greg Gantt.
    • If Greg Gantt could be out there every game, he would be.
    • He’s been beat up, so it hasn’t been fair with some of the things said about him.
    • That being said, I’m excited he came in and did what he did and he’ll get better.
    • He’ll get more healthy. He’s still not 100 percent, but he’s gonna give you what he’s got.
  • I told our radio guys, I thought the score was going to be 120-110 and the way it started off, it was really slow. It was a lot of fouls and I was like, ‘Man, I lied to everybody.’
    • Then we got going. We started making 3’s and kind of blew things open.
    • We like to play things fast, and I thought we did a good job getting out in transition.
    • We forced a lot of turnovers, we got a lot of steals and that’s the way we want play. 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Who’s talking stuff about Gregg Gantt???

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NC State & Kansas Will Play a Home-and-Home Series Over the Next 2 Seasons in Men’s Basketball

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According to Matt Norlander, NC State and Kansas have agreed to play in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons in Men’s Basketball.

The Wolfpack have played the Jayhawks 13 times in a series that date backs to 1958-59, with Kansas winning 12 of them. NC State’s lone victory over Kansas was in the first game ever played between the two on December 20th, 1958. The 4th ranked Wolfpack won 66-63 in the Dixie Classic in Reynolds Coliseum.

The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2022-23, when the #3 Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 80-74 in the Battle for Atlantis on November 23, 2022.

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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