The Providence Friars trail the No. 1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in Raleigh 34-30 after the first half.
Kris Dunn scored 10 points in the first half despite heading to the bench with two fouls late in the period. Dunn was 4-for-5 from the field and looked the part in this encounter thus far. Staying out of foul trouble with have to be a top priority for the Big East Player of the Year. Ben Bentil is 3-for-11 from the field but has nine points and two rebounds.
The Friars have been aided by their role players thus far. Kyron Cartwright has seven points while Drew Edwards and Rodney Bullock each have two apiece. The Friars will have to look to stop settling for some of the shots they're taking, as it's resulted in a meager 11-for-29 mark from the field as a team.
UNC meanwhile has been hitting peaks and valleys during the first half and finished with a field goal percentage of 14-for-31. Joel Berry II and Brice Johnson have combined for 17 points in the first half and each of them have made four field goals. The Tar Heels are shooting just 2-for-7 from the 3-point line as it appears that both teams' 3-point shooting problems have appeared at PNC Arena.
The Tar Heels have the edge over the Friars in rebounds, second chance points, points in the paint and fast break points. Despite that though, it's only a four-point game, which is pretty amazing considering that the Friars ended the half going 0-for-7 and 2-of-12.