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Elite 8: Tipoff time set for showdown between UNC and Kentucky

The North Carolina Tar Heels find themselves up against a familiar foe in the Elite 8. UNC and Kentucky will meet for the second time this season on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. on CBS, but this time the stakes are even higher. The Wildcats beat the Tar Heels 103-100 back in December as part of the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas. (Keeping It Heel)

Lucas: Feed The Dog

If only Theo Pinson had been available to give Kamar Baldwin some advice. The Butler freshman tried to be physical with Joel Berry in Friday’s NCAA Tournament regional semifinal. There was nothing that crossed the line, but the freshman clearly wanted to establish a presence with Berry. Asked about it after the game, Pinson shook his head. “I would advise all teams not to do that.” (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina Runs Over Butler in Path to Redemption

North Carolina, college basketball royalty, advanced to the round of 8 for the 26th time in school history by shooting 54 percent from the field. Point guard Joel Berry, who had been dealing with a sore right ankle, led the Tar Heels with 26 points, and forward Justin Jackson added 24. Luke Maye, a sophomore forward, came off the bench to collect 16 points and 12 rebounds. (New York Times)

Luke Maye Provides Key Spark for UNC

Luke Maye would rather you focus on the fact that UNC won its third NCAA Tournament game to advance to the Elite Eight. The sophomore forward, who was an unheralded recruit by UNC standards coming out of high school, is always willing to talk about his team but seems unwilling at times to talk about his own play, when such a moment arises. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Answers

Yes, Justin Jackson and Joel Berry combined for 50 points. Yes, each of them scored 20-plus for the first time since the Florida State game in January. Yes, it was good to see the two of them playing their 'A' games. But this March night seemed to belong to Luke Maye. The Huntersville sophomore had his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Butler Postgame Notes

This is the 13th 30-win season for the Tar Heels. Joel Berry and Justin Jackson both scored 20-plus points for the fifth time this year. Kennedy Meeks had 11 rebounds and passed Mitch Kupchak (1,006) and Brad Daugherty (1,003) for seventh place in UNC history in career rebounds with 1,011. Luke Maye had his first career double-double with a career-high 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Goes From Sweet to Elite in Win Over Butler

Theo Pinson called it. There was no denying North Carolina on Friday. The Tar Heels, with Joel Berry and Justin Jackson clicking, put forth too much for Butler to combat in a 92-80 victory in the South Regional semifinals to move within one win of returning to the Final Four. “I felt it coming,” said Pinson. “There was something I could just feel was going to be special.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Stars Shine, Maye Comes Up Big, as UNC Cruises Into Elite Eight With Win Over Butler

Having stared elimination right in the eyes during their tight NCAA Tournament Second Round win over Arkansas last weekend, the top-seeded Tar Heels came out with new life in their Sweet 16 showdown against No. 4 seed Butler on Friday. UNC wasted no time asserting its dominance as it advanced to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over the Bulldogs. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: UNC Players Post-Butler Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters in the locker room following the Tar Heels' 92-80 win over Butler on Friday at the Sweet 16 in Memphis. Here are their video interviews. Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt

Fresh Berry Allows UNC To Cruise Into Elite Eight

For two NCAA Tournament games, Joel Berry wasn't himself because of ankle injury. Fortunately, after Friday night, UNC fans can breathe a sigh of relief: The Berry they watched all season is back. While Berry did have a brief scare in the second half, slipping awkwardly and hobbling afterward, he recovered to score a team-high 26 points in a dominant team performance. (Sports On Earth)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Butler Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 92-80 win over Butler on Friday at the Sweet 16 in Memphis. View Video...

Williams, Jackson, Maye, Berry Post-Butler Press Conference Transcript

Roy Williams: "We feel fantastic being here. First half we shot the ball great, make a bunch of threes; second half, we're 1 for 7. And what Luke did today, we see a lot in practice, and he's had one game this year where he had 15 rebounds. He's made some threes in the game, but today he even got one to bounce and crawl up from under the rim and go in." (ASAP Sports)

Dance over: Butler overrun by UNC in Sweet 16

North Carolina did to the Butler Bulldogs what the Dawgs have often done to others in NCAA tournaments: Shoot them out of the gym. UNC began 6-of-7 from the 3-point line, built a 20-point lead in the first half and went on to win 92-80 Friday night in a South Regional semifinal at FedExForum. No. 4 seed Butler ended a surprise Sweet 16 season with a 25-9 record. (Indianapolis Star)

North Carolina shows Butler it can win by being the bully

On Thursday, Chris Holtmann told reporters Butler had to come to brawl. Instead, they left with a black eye after UNC reminded all of its ability to thump a team after inflicting an early wound and securing a 92-80 win that sets up a powerhouse tango on Sunday between the Tar Heels and the winner of Kentucky-UCLA. The athletes on this blue-chip roster just keep coming. (ESPN.com)

Carolina Advances To Elite Eight With Win Over Butler

Joel Berry II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for UNC. The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. (Associated Press)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:05 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#21 Butler80
at #6 UNC92
FINAL
Chrabascz (Butler) 21 pts; Jackson (UNC) 24 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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