Carolina pride: North, South advance to Elite Eight

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (29-7): The Tar Heels almost met their match with Arkansas' frenetic style of play, but their up-tempo game should match up better against the Bulldogs. "There were some really tough moments, and I think what came out of that was a reminder to me that the core values and core principles that have helped Butler achieve success, have allowed us to be resilient and tough". North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA represent Kramer, the always-invited glitterati with their flashy jewelry, expensive suits and fancy cars that make the normal-looking folk pop their eyes open in amazement, wishing they could be a part of it all.

Note: All times Eastern, some start times approximate.

Butler has beaten a No. 1-seed in the tournament two other times (2010, Syracuse and 2011, Pittsburgh).

The ACC put nine teams into the tournament; Duke, Florida State, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami and Louisville also earned berths. They have won a total of six games in March and only lost in the Round of 64 once since 2007, which happened in 2009 when they lost 75-71 to LSU.

The Bulldogs haven't really been tested seed-wise, beating a No. 12 and No. 13 so far.

"If you cut, they check you every time", UNC senior guard Nate Britt said. The Bulldogs aren't that deep and they don't have anyone to cover Jackson well.

What, too soon? Potential grudges aside, the third round's SC vs. Baylor game is going to be one to watch. Sindarius Thornwell and company have given SC its greatest tournament run, the program's first Sweet 16 appearance with last week's victory over Duke. And those wing players, well, they need to run in and chase down rebounds or risk earning a seat alongside their Hall of Fame coach.

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Chris Silva and Sindarius Thornwell each had four points during the game's first decisive run. He filled up the stat sheet against Arkansas, posting 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. "They play very disciplined on the defensive end". Butler's scouting report may have identified many offensive threats, but it's hard to believe Maye was one of them. "I've said that he is just gifted in that area".

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It is not that the North Carolina Tar Heels have nightmares in which the number "47" flashes throughout their dreams. Butler beat North Carolina in both 2012 and 2014, the latter many current Heels and Bulldogs participated in. "They're going to watch it because this is a talented two teams".

UCLA's numbers are incredible, averaging more than 90 points per contest while shooting 52 percent from the field.

"Who would expect us, Kentucky and UCLA to be in the same bracket like this?", Berry said. Opposing him are Kentucky's freshmen guards Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox, and add Leaf and Wildcats' big man Bam Adebayo, and there could be a whole group of first-round picks on the floor.

Avery Woodson, who was 8-of-14 from three point range in the first two games of the tournament, shot 2-of-8 from behind the arc and ended with eight points.


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