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From sweet to elite: North Carolina cruises past Butler

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Justin Jackson and the North Carolina Tar Heels are the lone ACC team left in the NCAA Tournament

I don't mean B.B. King, the clubs on Beale Street or Sun Records.

The sights on Thursday inside FedEx Forum resembled, if such a thing existed, a college basketball fantasy camp. The Jayhawks will face fourth-seeded Purdue, while No. 3 seed OR meets surging 7-seed MI in the region's other game.

The loaded South Region plays its Sweet 16 games on Friday night in Memphis. Pence signed the law shortly before the 2015 Final Four in Indianapolis.

"This is, like, honestly the coolest way to start Dance Marathon because it's like we're all out here having a great time raising money for the kids and were watching an fantastic game", said Senior Jon Alliss.

It will be a battle of the bluest of college hoops blue bloods, with UNC seeking its 20th Final Four trip and United Kingdom its 18th. Ken Keltner and his friends said they'll travel anywhere the team goes and added they were enjoying Memphis so far.

North Carolina's 6-8 forward Justin Jackson was asked about the challenges of guarding a player like that.

"They beat us with toughness", Hicks said on Thursday.

"I think between he and I, we have eight Final Fours, two national championships, about 15 Sweet 16s, and a ton of conference championships and over 900 wins", Holtmann said. Against an always risky Butler team that's playing well, they'll need to avoid another letdown and get back to form. Hamilton said she's been passing on advice to fellow North Carolina fans from out of town about where to spend their time in Memphis. UCLA and Kentucky have played 13 times, with three of the meetings coming in the last three seasons.

That's something North Carolina will worry about Saturday. But relying on freshmen talent is part of Kentucky's blueprint, and coach John Calipari has another team filled with National Basketball Association prospects.

Those big games equal big dollars for local businesses. It's as if the selection committee chose to channel its inner Every Fan and make up a fantasy bracket.

Fans decked in gear from Butler University, the University of Kentucky, the University of North Carolina and University of California-Los Angeles flocked to hotspots in between the hour-long practices that were open to the public.

"The first thing I remember is that they were very disciplined, " Pinson said.

Not that Williams is planning his watch party yet. OddsShark now lists UNC as a 7.5-point favorite against Butler. We knew that going into the game, that we were going to have to make some - they were going to give us some clean looks, and we were going to have to make them, and we just didn't. Fun fact about those runs?

Gonzaga tops the West bracket and faces No. 4 seed West Virginia in games set for San Jose, California. "We just have to have the right mindset".

Second-seeded Kentucky leads third-seeded UCLA 36-33 in the South Region semifinals.

"People are going to watch this game not because I'm coaching and not because Steve (Alford) is coaching", Calipari said.

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