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Kevin Keatts Press Conference After Louisville Win: TRANSCRIPT

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Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after NC State beat Louisville 76-64 tonight. You can watch it here, or check out the transcript below.

Proud of my guys, and here’s why. This is always the toughest game to play, that game right before Christmas and I wanted to keep them focused and it didn’t matter who we were going to play.

It’s tough because we played an ACC team, even though it’s a team that hasn’t had a lot of early success. I’m gonna give Kenny [Payne] a lot of credit. His team is still playing hard even though they don’t have a great record right now, and believe it or not, they’ll win a few games in the ACC if they just continue to play hard and compete.

I thought the difference in the game is in the 2nd half we came out with a lot more energy. Proud of the way we passed the ball. Look at it, we had 17 assists on 26 made field goals. You know we’re really good, I think we’re undefeated this year when we have 11 or more assists in the game. The great thing about it, we had five guys in double figures which I thought was really really good.

I’m happy our guys get a chance to go home for a couple days and be able to hang out with family and that’s important to me.

I didn’t think we played hard enough in the first half and that’s just not who we are, not this particular team, so I had a few choice words and you know we we talked about it, and I thought our energy level went up to another level in the second half and thought guys really got after it.

We shared the ball. We didn’t make some shots we would normally make. I didn’t think Terquavion Smith was Terquavion Smith today, but that being said, we have to find ways to win when our two leading scorers don’t play great.

One of our bench guys, DJ Burns, has become a starter, and so as we continue to go, we’ve got to continue to develop someone else off the bench. He played 33 minutes tonight. I’m trying to get him up to 40. If I can get that guy to play 40 minutes you guys ought to give me a gift. He’s as gifted post guy scoring a ball that I’ve seen in a long time, and you know there is no traditional Centers anymore, and for a guy that you can throw the ball inside, and can get baskets, that means a lot, but he’s talented. If I can continue to help him get better defensively, I know that’s a stretch, but we’re going to continue to work on it. He’s really good. He’s tough to stop down there.

They’ll be off the 23rd, 24th and then Christmas and then we’ll get them back on the 26th and we’ll practice, and it’s important. I encourage everyone in this room just like I told the players, there’s some person or a bunch of people that made it possible for you guys to be where you’re at right now, and when I told our guys when you go home, the easy thing is to hang out with your friends, or to hang out with a girlfriend, but go see someone, put a smile on someone’s face. You don’t know what other people are going through, and so I encourage you guys the with the same thing. If you get time over Christmas, make someone else smile. We forgot the true meaning of Christmas, and I know it’s about great gifts. I know my wife’s gonna get great gifts, but at the end of the day, it’s about family, and so make it about family

Casey’s [Morsell] worked really hard to become a really good three-point shooter, and when he runs the floor and gets out, and we can advance the basketball, he’s usually very efficient from there, but you’re talking about, I’ve got about four or five guys that I call workout Warriors. He’s one of those guys. He stays in the gym. He stays working on his game. He’ll grab a manager when we can’t work him out, but I’m proud of him, because of the hard work that he’s put in to get to this point. I just think he’s getting comfortable, and you know, I know that sounds weird, because he’s been here for a couple years, but he played in a very good system that was completely different than the way we play, so I think he’s starting to realize how to play fast and to be able to score that way.

We will see if he’s [Isaiah Miranda] ready for the Clemson game. I would say maybe Clemson, maybe Duke, and the toughest thing for him is right now, is his head is spinning, we are throwing so much at him. This kid was in high school last week, and so trying to figure out ball screen coverages, knowing plays, and getting in shape. Believe it or not, you guys will laugh when I tell you this, DJ Burns is in better shape than Isaiah right now. Now that won’t last.

I love all of my guys from last year, we just were so undermanned, we just didn’t have it, but this group, because of Bahamas, because they hate to get off the court, we’re building a great culture inside of this group by itself and they are holding each other accountable, and you know they’re friends off the court, and certainly I think that’s paying off.

I think that’s the key word grow. You know we would have lost a week ago, we would have lost a Vanderbilt game, because we couldn’t finish the game. We grew, I thought we grew in that game, and then obviously we needed to have baskets. I thought we did a good job tonight, but that’s because we trust one another, and they’re starting to trust each other, and it’s really fun to watch when you got a bunch of guys that like each other and they feel like playing a game.

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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Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

We had a rough time in the first half, our shots weren’t falling so we couldn’t get into our press, and they were shooting really, really well. Nice halftime adjustments, we tightened up on their outside shooters – they didn’t even take many 3PT, much less hit them in the second half – and ran some plays to get open looks for Morsell and Clark. Mostly, as KK said in the presser, we had more energy in the second half. Huge relief to get that first ACC win. I still think our only really bad loss was Pitt. Now we… Read more »

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Beating Clemson can help us a lot. We are in or near a tiebreaker with them most years it seems.

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CBS Sports Ranks NC State Men’s Basketball 10th in Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason ACC Power Rankings

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Isaac Trotter, of CBS Sports, released his Way-Too-Early Men’s Basketball 2024 Preseason Power Rankings this week, and he put the Wolfpack at #10 in the conference.

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The Wolfpack finished the regular season ranked 10th in 2023-24, but went on to win 5 games in 5 days to win the 2024 ACC Tournament for the first time since 1987. NC State would go to make a miracle run in the NCAA Tournament, making the Final Four.

NC State won’t have DJ Burns, Casey Morsell and DJ Horne, but they did bring in a Freshman class of 2 4-Star Guards in Trey Parker & Paul McNeil, and a 4-man Transfer Class of:

Center Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (Louisville)

Guard/Forward Dontez Styles (Georgetown)

Guard Mike James (Louisville)

Guard Marcus Hill (Bowling Green)

There is obviously a ton of momentum and hype surrounding the Wolfpack Men’s Basketball program after winning the ACC title and going to the Final Four.

In 2024-25, will we get a repeat of the regular season results in 2023-24, or will we see the postseason version of the Wolfpack?

What do you think? Share in the comments.

 

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Women’s Basketball will Host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team will host Ole Miss in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge in 2024 on Thursday, December 5th.

The Rebels are ranked 23rd in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Preseason Top-25 rankings.

NC State is 3-1 all-time against Ole Miss, in a series that dates back to 1979. The last time the two teams played was in 2008, when the Wolfpack defeated the Rebels 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum.

Last season the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

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NC State Will Host Texas in the 2024 Men’s Basketball ACC/SEC Challenge

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will host Texas in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

This will mark the 5th time that the Wolfpack and the Longhorns play one another. The series is split down the middle currently, with each team winning 2 games each.

The Longhorns could be right on the edge of being a Preseason Top-25 heading into next year.

NC State’s 2024-25 Non-Conference Strength of Schedule is shaking out to be pretty impressive. The Wolfpack will be playing in the Rady Children’s Invitational Tournament, which will feature Purdue, BYU and Ole Miss. Purdue was the National Runner-Up last year, and will likely be a Preseason Top-15 team. Ole Miss is ranked in the Top-25 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25.

NC State will be also be playing at Kansas next season, and the Jayhawks are likely going to the Preseason #1 team.

Also, a game against Marquette might be in the works next year, which would be a rematch from their Sweet 16 matchup this past season. The Golden Eagles are likely a Preseason Top-15 team.

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