UNC Tar Heels Top Butler in the Sweet 16, 92-80

"When you let a team like that feel good about themselves, it's tough to get them out of that with how many talented guys they have".

Those times have disappeared. Can the Bulldogs make another Final Four run?

You can say that.

The two teams were offensive forces in the first meeting with UNC rallying late to grab a lead. This is good news for the Heels, who will have to play Kentucky on Sunday. Those times have changed.

"That's an inside joke", Williams said.

"Yeah, I think what Justin said, that's what we come to college basketball for, and it doesn't get any better than this", said Joel Berry. I recruit the same guys ...

"So we started emphasizing it the first day: we've got to get rebounding from five people on the defensive boards". All the credit goes to Maryland - they played hard, they out-ground- balled us, out-scrapped us between the lines.

Kentucky also won in part because of defense Friday night, holding UCLA 15 points below its season average and forcing 13 turnovers from a team that had only nine in its first two NCAA Tournament games. Or he might not worry another second about it. Kentucky actually beat the Tar Heels in this stat in Las Vegas 39-35 and will need a similar effort. So, when they play to that strength, virtually unbeatable. The Tar Heels led by double digits through the second half; they face Kentucky Sunday. Sure, he received offers from UNC and Gonzaga, among others. That led to Billy Gillispie, which led to Calipari, which led to a considerable transformation in the talent gap between the programs.

"How do you pronounce his name?", Williams asked a reporter when hearing the question. "But what I do is by design from coach Smith".

Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes is one of the more outspoken players in college basketball.

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In terms of this season, the Tar Heels are averaging 84.9 points per game , and they are about to go up against a No. 16 seed . WhatIfSports.com gives the Gators a 65.9 percent chance of advancing past East Tennessee State into the round of 32.

There likely are six players in this game who will play in the National Basketball Association, three on each team, so UCLA is talented, too, and will have a chip on its shoulder, but it could come down to coaching.

"Now, if he were coaching now, would he do what I'm doing?"

When that ball goes up, the Tar Heels had better put a body on someone to box out or work to get inside position and tap a missed shot back up on the glass. It grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and assisted on 22 baskets, showing off excellent ball movement that created open looks, and the Tar Heels' size often took over on both ends of the floor. UNC's goal for the weekend is to beat Butler and UCLA/Kentucky to make the Final Four, but successful seasons in Chapel Hill are only measured by championships.

Greg Gard is in his second year as head coach of the Badgers, and he's made it to the Sweet 16 for the second time. Villanova ruined the narrative but supplied the motivation for this post-season UNC run.

North Carolina split two games with Virginia this season, winning 65-41 at home and losing 53-43 on the road.

"We talked about this a couple times", said Kennedy Meeks.

Neither team is playing its best lacrosse at the moment, with Maryland on a two-game losing streak and North Carolina having dropped two of its last three.

Kentucky held on to win 86-75, with Fox going off for a insane 40-point night, while Monk added 21.

"We just have to space them out as much as possible", Chrabascz explained, "keep them moving. For us, we tried to stay focused and stay poised".

How well Pinson can hound Monk in tonight's Elite Eight matchup with Kentucky could ultimately decide whether the Tar Heels advance to their 20th Final Four.


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