UNC-Wisconsin: Halftime thoughts

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The good news for the Tar Heels: they’ve held Wisconsin to 32.3 percent shooting. The bad news for the Tar Heels: they only lead by one point at halftime, 25-24. A few quick thoughts:

  • North Carolina isn’t going to hit the two-Bojangles-biscuits-for-a-buck promotion, because there’s no way they’re going to hit 100 points. The scoring has been so slow-paced -- which favors the Badgers -- that both teams failed to score for about a four-minute span.

  • UNC forward Tyler Zeller’s parents -- fresh off watching their youngest son, Cody, score 19 points in Indiana’s win over NC State about 23 miles down the road, showed up during the first TV timeout. Was it a coincidence that Tyler scored his first points of the game right after his parents arrived? He has six points at the break.

  • First half numbers to know: The Tar Heels are shooting 47.8 percent, but have committed eight turnovers, compared to UW’s two. ... Starting shooting guard Dexter Strickland leads the Tar Heels with seven points, but he has three fouls. ... UW point guard Jordan Taylor leads all scorers with nine points, but he’s made only 3 of 9 shots. ... UNC leads on the boards, 20-15.