NCAA Tournament: 5 Key Players for UNC-Iowa State

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Mar 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams and the North Carolina bench reacts in the first half of a men

Mar 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams and the North Carolina bench reacts in the first half of a men

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:

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  • Johnnie Bostic

    Brice Johnson- 16pts, 4 blocks and 8 rebs. I agree with the Heels you listed but Brice is a key piece. Also they have to stay focused. They have shown what they can do when they are focused and the last few games they have been all over the place. Is this going to be the team that beat the top 4 preseason teams, three of which are still in the tournament or is the team that lost to Belmont, Wake, UAB and Miami going to show up? They have the tools to win.

  • Sam Gonzalez

    JMM has to learn to go be more strong going to the basket and Tokoto has to stop trying to do too much and turning the ball over in key situations. Almost cost us the last game.