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29-7, 1st in ACC

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

A Carolina fan peeps through the window at FedEx Forum. He wants to get in to see the Madness!!

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of tonight's Sweet 16 games: North Carolina -7 vs. Butler O/U 155; Baylor -3 vs. South Carolina O/U 135.5; UCLA -1.5 vs. Kentucky O/U 167; Florida -1 vs. Wisconsin O/U 131

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

The court before the madness starts here in Memphis.

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North Carolina has made it to at least the Elite Eight each time it's been a No. 1 seed since 1997. That includes 5 trips to the Final Four, 3 appearances in the title game and 2 national titles.

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North Carolina is seeking its 26th Elite 8 appearance, second most all-time. The Tar Heels are 12-1 in their last 13 Sweet 16 games and 12-1 all-time in the Sweet 16 as a 1 seed.

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ESPN's BPI gives North Carolina a 76 percent chance to advance to the Elite 8 Friday night (7:09 p.m. ET) when they take on Butler. The Tar Heels are 12-1 in the Sweet 16 as a number one seed, including 11 straight wins.

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Insiders: Heels have to control tempo

UNC has a decided advantage in Friday night's Sweet 16 battle. But Butler has a history of catching the Tar Heels off guard by slowing things down.

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19hJohn Gasaway

Can North Carolina snap out of its shooting slump?

North Carolina's offense has sputtered in the postseason, with Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II struggling for the suddenly inconsistent Tar Heels. Can they turn things around against Butler?

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20hChad Ford

Bradley is UNC's top NBA prospect

The talented freshman is only UNC's fifth-leading scorer, but he's been super-efficient and productive in limited minutes for the Tar Heels.

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20hJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Joel Berry II

Berry looked hampered by an ankle injury as he struggled against Arkansas. The Tar Heels need him back to 100 percent this weekend.

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Williams still thinks ACC is 'best league' (1:12)
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Friday's tourney teams are historically great (0:34)

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Who saw this coming for the ACC? The conference had nine teams at the start of the NCAA tournament and has one in the Sweet 16. Among Tournament Challenge brackets, three ACC teams were each picked to reach the Sweet 16 on at least 45 percent of entries. Before the tournament, ESPN.com/BPI projected a 1.5 percent chance that the ACC would have at most one team in the Sweet 16.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams on Joel Berry II: "He does look better. ... He's still not Joel yet."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams on Andrew Chrabascz: "Pronounce his name for me again because I've heard it 14 different ways. .... Can I call him Andrew?"

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Roy Williams: "I think the ACC is still the best league."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Berry II on ACC's big losses in the early rounds and the criticism that followed: "That's why they call it March Madness. Anything can happen. Just some teams didn't have their best game. ..... I still think we have the best teams in the nation. It just didn't go their way."

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Berry II says he's "close to 100 percent" entering Friday's game.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis transfer Avery Woodson said he missed Butler's first recruiting call. He had more important things to do. "I saw the area code and thought it might be Butler," he said. "But I was fishing. I wasn't gonna answer." When asked to compare Memphis to Butler, he said he couldn't because they're too different "like barbecue compared to Olive Garden."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Chrabascz says Butler's guards will play a huge role in their team's ability to keep North Carolina off the offensive glass. Says they have to rebound and play aggressively.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Chrabascz on facing North Carolina's front court ....

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Holtmann joked about the difference between him and Roy Williams: "Between the two of us, I think we have 8 Final Fours, two national championships ... and about 900 wins."

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Holtmann on Kelan Martin's growth .....

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Holtmann on Andrew Chrabascz: Says he's undersized for tomorrow's matchup against North Carolina but makes up for it with his high IQ and tenacity.

Team Stats

Points Per Game85.110th
Rebounds Per Game43.81st
Assists Per Game18.14th
Points Allowed70.3122nd

Tournament History

Final Fours19
Tournament Record117-45
Championship Seasons1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009
Tournament Appearances47