Both teams will be out to build on winning streaks when the North Carolina Tar Heels (5-0) head to face the Iowa State Cyclones (4-0) on Friday. North Carolina beat the Portland Pilots 89-81 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter yesterday, their fifth consecutive win. Pete Nance was a top performer with 28 points and seven rebounds.
Iowa State won their fourth in a row in a close one yesterday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, beating the Villanova Wildcats 81-79. Gabe Kalscheur topped the scoresheet with 23 points. With 17 points and three assists, Osun Osunniyi also had a strong game. The Cyclones earned the win in the last meeting between the teams 85-83 at AT&T Center in March 2014.
The Tar Heels have been led early this season by Caleb Love and Armando Bacot, who are averaging 18.8 and 16.8 points per game, respectively. Bacot also has grabbed 12.0 rebounds per game, fourth-most in the nation. Meanwhile, RJ Davis is dishing 3.8 assists per game.Jaren Holmes (16.8 ppg) has been the primary provider for the Cyclones on offense. Holmes also has recorded 4.8 assists per game. Aljaz Kunc has pulled down 6.8 rebounds per game.
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