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NC State Falls 4 Spots in NET Rankings After GT Win

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NC State fell 4 spots in the NET Rankings after defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 yesterday at home, landing at #42.

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Heading into their massive matchup against UVA on Tuesday night, the Wolfpack are the 4th highest ranked ACC team in the NET Rankings.

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Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Looking at historical win records, we are at 19-5 / 9-4 right now. 7 regular season games to go.

Post Norm Sloan, the most wins in a season is Valvano’s championship season at 26 wins. Nobody got 25. Keatts got 24 once, Gottfried got 24 twice. Sendek peaked at 23.

We play more ACC games now, but since Sloan, the most ACC wins in a season is 11 which Keatts, Gottfried, and Sendek each did once. It’ll have an asterisk, but this one is definitely within reach.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

On Twitter Josh Goodson said ‘Tomorrow is State’s biggest regular season game in years. And then BC will be State’s biggest regular season game in years. Then the game after that’. (etc, you get the idea)
February has the potential to fall anywhere on the scale from ‘one of the best regular seasons ever to CHOKE!!’. As long as DJ is playing this well, and keeps getting that tough basket when we need it, I tend to think we’ll trend toward the positive end of the scale.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago
Reply to  Papajohn

Everything is so bunched up right now that there are likely going to be a lot of tiebreaker seedings. That creates even more urgency playing those teams we are bunched up with, UVA being a key one.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

After the weekend’s festivities, looking at the Monday morning rankings, we rank 4th in the ACC, and are the 4th ranked team in the ACC in both NET and KP. Surely (don’t call me Shirley!) they will take 4 teams from the ACC, at least. At this point, I think we are solidly in the tournament. But still plenty of tough games that could mess this up. If we can avoid stumbling at Chestnut Hill (Q3), that should prevent a catastrophic fall in the rankings. Winning any of the other games (I think 3 Q2 and 3 Q1) should either… Read more »

Rev
Rev
1 year ago

At this point, it would be great to finish in the top four of the ACC. going from not playing at all, to double bye…priceless.

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Several opportunities in front of us to boost this rating. GT was our last Q4 and BC will be our last Q3.

Three game northern road trip staring us in the face. Have to win 2 of 3, winning 3 of 3 would really put us in a strong position, but we won’t be favored at UVA.Then a three game home stand, UNC, WF, Clemson. Winning 2 might lock us into the NCAAT and seat us well. All three will be brutal games.Then we finish at Cameron. I thought that was UNC’s gig?

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Rev
Rev
1 year ago

Was looking for comments from others but. This game gives me the hope that, despite our record, I have been reluctant to let out. Watching Grant score and defend early and Ross really have a great game is rewarding beyond my wildest dreams. Having suffered through way too many mediocre even horrible seasons, it’s tough to let yourself think about anything but the next game. Morsell is an unsung hero. Burns, what can you say? He seems to have set the tone of this team…. Don’t worry, be happy. Last time JJ and Smith shot this poorly, they kept shooting… Read more »

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Rev

Apologies to Gantt. I am going to plead spellchecker or typo.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

I’ll say it again, there’s no way those other conferences are that much better than the ACC. The entire this is biased on initial assumptions and rankings. Since we don’t play between conferences late in the season, that bias remains. If Duke or Miami won every remaining game through the ACCT they might still not be ranked top 5.

Still, we may get 7 teams in and get a chance to prove things.

Rev
Rev
1 year ago
Reply to  Dof87

I hope we get 7 in. However, I watched the Duke Wake game while on the airplane Tuesday and they looked awful. Both teams looked poorly coached. Maybe I am being harsh, but I don’t think it was a defensive struggle. Wake couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean that night. Duke recovered and the beat the Holes, so we will just have to see how all this turns out. We definitely control out own destiny ( except for teams we defeated falling in the NET ).

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Jersey Numbers for 2024-25 NC State Men’s Basketball Team Revealed

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team revealed the Jersey Numbers for their 2024-25 team yesterday.

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Numbers that are Staying the Same

Michael O’Connell – #12

Ben Middlebrooks – #34

Dennis Parker Jr. – #11

KJ Keatts – #13

Jordan Snell – #22

Numbers that have Changed

Jayden Taylor – #1 –> #8

Breon Pass – #10 –> #4

Numbers of New Players

Mike James – #0 (He wore #0 at Louisville last year)

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield – #1 (He wore #5 at Louisville last year)

Paul McNeil – #2 (He wore #2 in High School last year)

Dontrez Styles – #3 (He wore #0 at Georgetown last year)

Trey Parker – #5 (He wore #5 in High School last year)

Marcus Hill – #10 (He wore #0 at Bowling Green last year)

We don’t know what number Ismael Diouf will be wearing at NC State next year yet. 

 

 

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Kareem Richardson Promoted To Associate Head Coach at NC State

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State men’s basketball head coach Kevin Keatts announced Wednesday that assistant coach Kareem Richardson has been promoted to associate head coach effective immediately.

“I’m proud to promote Kareem to associate head coach,” Keatts said. “He is a valuable member of my staff and has really enhanced NC State both in his relationship with our players and staff, but also his ability to teach, scout and game plan. He is a well-rounded coach that has an impact on every facet of our program, and I feel fortunate to have him as part of my staff.”

The upcoming 2024-25 season will be Richardson’s third at NC State. The Pack has earned bids to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons Richardson has been on staff, including last season when NC State won the ACC Championship and advanced to the Final Four.

NC State has had three different guards (DJ Horne, Jarkel Joiner and Terquavion Smith) earn All-ACC honors under Richardson’s tutelage.

Richardson was previously head coach at UMKC for 2013-19 and has been an assistant coach at power conference programs such as Louisville, Xavier and Clemson in his 25-year coaching career.

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WATCH: Getting to Know NC State’s Dontrez Styles

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NC State Men’s Basketball is releasing videos helping fans get to know the new players on the 2024-25 roster.

Below is the video of Georgetown Transfer Forward Dontrez Styles (6’6″/212), with a transcript underneath.

I’m Dontrez Styles, a transfer from Georgetown University. I knew where I wanted to be. At the end of the day, I knew I wanted to come back home and play for a guy like Keatts. That was the main thing for me.

Being back home is amazing. My family can see me play every game now. An hour from Kinston, North Carolina. It’s a small city. I love it. Just growing there. A lot of great guys. A lot of great basketball players. My family is there. It’s my life.

I grew up in the Brandon Ingram era, so I went to every Kinston High School game. Just seeing him play motivated me to get in the gym and keep working. The grind has paid off.

It’s crazy. I would have never imagined this happening. It’s very rare for someone to go to North Carolina and NC State. Me being one of the first guys to do that, I believe it’s different, but I’m enjoying it so far. I can’t wait to get started.

Coach (Levi) Watkins recruited me when he was at Ole Miss. He’s been with me since my Sophomore year, I believe. Just having that relationship with them makes it easier every day.

Just being back, it’s going to be very fun, especially now. The hype is crazy. I can’t wait to be back home and get started, and hopefully win that National Championship.

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Styles was the 2nd leading scorer for Georgetown this past season, averaging 12.8 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 boards. He shot 36.8% from three.

Originally, Sytles was a consensus 4-Star prospect in UNC’s 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #62 overall player nationally, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina, playing for Kinston High School.

After two seasons with the Tar Heels, Styles entered the Portal, and took an Official Visit to NC State and Georgetown, and ultimately chose the Hoyas.

Styles will be spending his final year of eligibility with NC State.

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WATCH: Getting to Know NC State’s Mike James

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NC State Men’s Basketball is releasing videos helping fans get to know the new players on the 2024-25 roster.

Below is the video of Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200), with a transcript underneath.

I last played at the University of Louisville. I spent three years there. Played two. Redshirted my first year because of injury. I enjoyed my time there, but all good things got to come to an end, and I’m here at North Carolina State. 

Entering the Portal is just like going through High School recruitment again. You’re getting your phone blown up every other hour, every single day. You’ve got to get on long phone calls. You’re kind of going through the process again, but this time, you kind of know what you want. You’ve been through College Basketball, so you know what questions to ask, what to expect, and you kind of just get straight to the point. I feel like the process was similar, but different this time. It went a lot quicker, and I knew exactly what I wanted. I want to win at the end of the day. Playing time is earned, and all that stuff. You’ve got to come in here and take care of that. 

Winning is very important, and I haven’t done that so far, but that’s the one thing I want to change about my college career. Seeing y’all go on that run was really appealing to me. 

I like to get to the basket. Draw fouls. Finish at the rim. Knock down shots on the perimeter. Defend 1-4 positions on the other end. 

I want to come in and win. I want to be a leader for our team. I’m an older guy now, so I want to be a leader. I want to come in and win another ACC Championship, and make another NCAA Tournament run. 

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This past year, James averaged 12.6 points per game (3rd on the team) and 5 rebounds. He’s extremely physical and aggressive, taking 47% of his field goal attempts at the rim (making 46%). As a result, he draws a lot of fouls, ranking 10th in the ACC in Fouls Drawn, and 4th in Free Throw Rate. James made opponents pay this year when they put him on the line, making 81.8% from the charity stripe, which ranked 15th in the ACC.

James shot the ball better as a Redshirt Freshman, than he did this past season. His Effective Field Goal Percentage in 2022-23 was 55.8%, which ranked 19th in the ACC, and his True Shooting Percentage of 59.6% ranked 14th.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years.

He does have the ability to knock down a three, making 34.8% for his career.

James has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

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