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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)

Video: UNC Beats Butler to Advance to Elite Eight - Highlights

North Carolina, behind Joel Berry's 26 points, Justin Jackson's 24, and Luke Maye's first career double-double (16 pts, 12 rebs), beats Butler 92-80 in the Sweet 16 on Friday to advance to Sunday's Elite 8 in Memphis. Read More...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Butler

Solid win over a tough team for Carolina. The Tar Heels were gritty against a precise, tough team in posting a 92-80 win over Butler. Luuuuuuuuuuke. By halftime, this was already known as the Luke Maye game, as the sophomore posted a career-high 14 points in just 11 first-half minutes, and was only one rebound away from his first career double-double. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 92, Butler 80

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 92-80 win over Butler on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in Memphis, Tennessee. (View Box Score)

Matchup Look: Get to Know Butler

The No. 1 Tar Heels escaped the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 72-65 victory over Arkansas. Carolina will face No. 4 Butler for the fifth time in program history. Butler leads the series 3-2, but history won't decide this matchup. Butler beat a pair of double-digit seeds to reach this point, but don't for a second think the Bulldogs did not earn their way here. (Carolina Blue)

UNC’s championship window closing in veteran team’s final days

At some point during the next 11 days, whether it happens on Friday or a week from Monday, Kennedy Meeks, the North Carolina senior forward, will play in his final college game. So will Isaiah Hicks, UNC’s senior forward. So will Nate Britt, a senior guard who has been an important reserve throughout most of four seasons with the Tar Heels. And so might Joel Berry and Justin Jackson, two juniors who lead UNC in scoring. (Charlotte Observer)

Oxford natives cheer on Hicks, ACC in Memphis

A Duke fan and an NC State fan -- Jean and David Thompson live in Bartlett, Tenn., but are Oxford, N.C., natives. It was a no-brainer to head roughly 14 miles west into Memphis to visit the FedEx Forum for practice day ahead of the Sweet 16 Friday. "Just because we're ACC fans, ACC supporters," they said. And Isaiah Hicks supporters? "Oh, absolutely!" (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC hopes to learn from late first half letdowns

North Carolina is a team that proved it can handle adversity by clamping down defensively, scoring the game’s final 12 points and rallying from behind in the final 3½ minutes to beat Arkansas in its second round NCAA tournament game last Sunday. But if the top-seeded Tar Heels want to keep advancing, they’ll have to do a better job of dealing with success. (North State Journal)

Marcus Paige still draws attention...and this season’s Tar Heels make him nervous

Marcus Paige attended UNC’s practice Wednesday before the Tar Heels departed for Memphis, where they will face Butler in the Sweet 16. “I’m cheering for them to win it all and get a ring,” Paige said. “I won’t get one, but some of my best friends will.” Paige remains tight with the team, and at times, unnerved by the Tar Heels. “I hope they play better than they did last weekend." (Burlington Times News)

UNC must play from tipoff to move past Butler

The key for UNC is sticking to its own game and not letting Butler dictate what the Tar Heels want to do. Sure, that's literally always the case. But the Bulldogs' discipline and defensive game will disrupt the offense faster and earlier on in plays if Roy's boys aren't equally as sharp and attentive. "We have to get up and down the floor like we want," Joel Berry said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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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

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at #6 UNC0
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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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