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Report: NC State Has Deal In Place With UNC-Wilmington's Kevin Keatts

Kevin Keatts will be the next head basketball coach at NC State, according to a report by ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

This morning, CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported that Keatts met with the Wolfpack about the opening, a day after his Seahawks fell to another ACC program—Virginia—in the NCAA Tournament.

Now, it looks like Keatts is the guy in Raleigh.

More from Goodman at ESPN:

Debbie Yow did the opposite of what she did last time. She moved swiftly, just got a guy in Kevin Keatts who can recruit/coach. Quality hire for NC State.

In three years at UNC-Wilmington, Keatts is 72-28, and 41-13 in CAA play. He has won at least a share of his conference in each year with the Seahawks, and took his team to the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons. In 2016, the Seahawks hung tough with Duke, losing in the first round as a 13-seed 93-85. This year, his team squandered a big lead against the Cavaliers, falling 76-71.

Dayton's Archie Miller, an NC State alumnus, was the biggest name commonly connected with this opening, but instead, the 'Pack appear to be going with Keatts, another strong up-and-coming coach. Before taking over UNC-Wilmington, Keatts served as an assistant to Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2011-2014.