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Hey, everybody, let me just scroll through the latest developments during this NC State football season and HEY WAIT A MINUTE, there’s Wolfpack basketball that’s happening this week. State will unofficially open the Kevin Keatts era with a scrimmage against Mars Hill at PNC Arena on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.

Hi, basketball season, I uh, well ... (tugs at collar) ... I didn’t see you there. Missed you! How are you doing, anyway? Things still good? Cool cool cool cool. Ahem. Well, I’ll see you out there.

Anyway, here is what you’ll see Friday night and what you won’t: you will see Kevin Keatts’ system in action, however subdued, and you’ll see how the new players on the roster impact it; you will not see Abdul-Malik Abu, who is recovering from a minor serious knee injury, and you probably will not see Sam Hunt, who is nursing a minor leg injury. (Keatts called it a “bruise” earlier this week.)

The game is not televised but will be broadcast on ESPN3. Let us place the orb through the ring with great vigor, earnestness, and efficiency.