The Providence Friars come into Fridays second round game with a 23-11 record (10-8 Big East) and a Big East Championship under their belt. The Friars have won seven out of their last nine games en-route to a eleventh seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the opposite. They are coming off a two game losing streak and a poor performance in the ACC Tournament.
The two teams meet Friday night, looking to advance to the third round and keep their tournament alive.
For the Tar Heels, it’s simple. They must score against Providences zone defense that has seen them struggle against similar ones in the past. The Friars have to slow down the game and play it at their pace to advance.
Here are five key players for Friday’s second round game.