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Sophomore Matt Bridges delivers against the Tar Heels. The Shelby product recorded two strikeouts in two scoreless relief innings

While Berry did have a brief scare in the second half of Friday's Sweet 16 win over Butler, slipping awkwardly and hobbling afterward, he played until the end of the No. 1 seed Tar Heels' 92-80 win over the No. 4 seed Bulldogs in the South regional semifinals, scoring a team-high 26 points while shooting 8-for-13 from the field to lead a dominant team performance.

United Kingdom and UNC tip-off is scheduled for approximately 5:05 p.m. ET on Sunday on WKYT. It also defeated Texas Southern, 103-64 in the first round.

The UCLA-Kentucky victor faces the victor of North Carolina vs. Butler in the Elite Eight on Sunday.

Kentucky enters the Elite Eight as the hottest team in the country, riding a 14-game winning streak SU and going 6-6-2 ATS during that stretch. "It's really been, for a couple decades now, been our guys' mentality". Even UK guard De'Aaron Fox, he of the 39 points in UK's Friday night win over UCLA, said he grew up in Houston a UNC fan because the Tar Heels rarely lose.

Jackson needed only 17 shots to reach his career high and hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. "And I said well, tell them that I just called you and gave you a $25,000 scholarship for next year, so the least they can do is give you a thousand to blow".

North Carolina beat Kentucky 79-72 in the 1977 East Regional finals in College Park, Md. Had to show the Tar Heels and the world that the Bulldogs had come to brawl.

Martin will have to have a productive night offensively, because getting production from anyone will be hard. "I'll be there every step of the way for them", Jenkins said.

"What was I supposed to say to my team in the locker room?"

Justin Jackson, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and a possible lottery pick in the National Basketball Association draft, scored 24 points. "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 on their team". "Their offensive rebounding numbers, they are a joke".

It didn't matter to the six Butler seniors that they weren't suppose to be here.

The Tar Heels have a very good veteran point guard in Joel Berry II and he gets outlet passes and really pushes the tempo.

"We're going to have to rebound better because they rebound so well", Holtmann said. I think we've gotten better. Then there is Steve Alford, who hopes to coach UCLA to its 12th title, but won a national crown playing at Indiana.

Kethan Savage and Avery Woodson had come to Butler for these moments.

With 6:49 remaining in the first half Friday, Butler was on pace to score 73 points. "It's about them (the players)." . Everything is going to be tough.

It will be the defensive match-up, for UNC, that receives the most attention given what happened the last time the Tar Heels faced Monk.

Against Butler, the Heels ensured they would not repeat that mistake, but they found another glitch to correct before facing off against a fellow blue blood: the Heels made only 64 percent from the free-throw line. As we've seen in the first three rounds of play, both will play hard-nosed, fast-moving defense all over the court, with the team more capable of finding good quality shots likely to move on.

After allowing opponents to shoot 50 percent or better in seven of 11 halves during the middle of ACC play, the Tar Heels made necessary adjustments, staying in front of the ball on a more consistent basis and helping just enough without helping too much.

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