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Keatts open to playing more games in Reynolds

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North Carolina State head coach Kevin Keatts directs his team against Clemson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

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BY SAMUEL EVERS
Sports Writer

Thursday, March 28, 2019

RALEIGH — Should the N.C. State men’s basketball team play more games next season in Reynolds Coliseum, the historic building that created an ear-ringing environment over the last three National Invitational Tournament games?

The perfect-world answer for the team, and Kevin Keatts is simple: Of course.

The real-world answer is more complicated. Keatts was asked his opinion after the Wolfpack’s 94-93 loss on Wednesday night to Lipscomb, which ended his second season in charge.

He brought up all the logistical reasons playing an ACC game or two in the venue wouldn’t be so easy.

“I know it’s been a big conversation about Reynolds. It’s a great place,” Keatts said. “From what I’ve been told, we have 10,000 season ticket holders. Of course, you can’t get 10,000 people in here. That being said, there may be more than one game in this building if we can figure out how to do it.”

But?

“I don’t want to put anyone in a bad spot. It would be unfair to say, ‘I want to play six games in here,’ when I don’t know the whole history,” he continued. “I do know we have a certain amount of games we have to play in PNC, which is 15. I do know we have a season ticket base of 10,000. I know we have to allow our student body a certain amount of tickets. If we can figure that stuff out and keep everybody happy, certainly I would love to play a couple more games.”

The consensus on Wednesday night — from N.C. State players to Keatts to the Lipscomb coaches and players — was that the environment at Reynolds Coliseum was a top-notch experience.

“That was probably the most intense, electric game I’ve ever played in,” N.C. State senior Torin Dorn said. “It was amazing.”

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