The North Carolina Tar Heels hung on to beat Providence 79-77 Friday night and will move on to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Heels will take on the third seeded Iowa State Cyclones who beat North Carolina Central 93-75. The winner gets a spot in the Sweet Sixteen, while the loser’s season ends.
This will be just the fourth time the two teams have met with the Tar Heels leading the series 3-0. Most recently, the Heels beat the Cyclones in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament 92-65.
The Cyclones uptempo offense poses a challenge for the Tar Heels on the defensive end of the floor, something the Heels haven’t seen much of this season. But the Tar Heels have their own fast paced offense they would like to get going.
Here are five key players in Sunday’s round of 32 match-up: