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Berry and Jackson lead Tar Heels past Butler

Joel Berry II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina got hot early and never stopped in this one. Justin Jackson (24 points) created a lot of challenges for Butler. Joel Berry II looked healthy again as he scored 26 points. On defense, North Carolina contested the bulk of Butler's shots. Overall, an impressive performance by UNC, one-half of a big-time matchup in the Elite Eight on Sunday.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are in the building.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Tough night for Butler but the Bulldogs have a young star in Kamar Baldwin. Love how he's still making plays and working hard to get to the rim with his team down 18 points.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

On Thursday, Roy Williams said he was still waiting for Joel Berry II to reach 100 percent after the injury. Looks like he's back. He's an aggressive leader, leading this North Carolina attack. They're just pushing Butler around the floor.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Maye entered this game averaging 5.1 PPG and shooting 35 percent from the 3-point line. At halftime, he has 14 points after making 3 of 4 from beyond the arc in the first half. North Carolina draining everything. Mike Tyson'd the Bulldogs early.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

This is what happens when Justin Jackson gets hot and Joel Berry II shifts the defense with his penetration and passing and Luke Maye makes his first three shots from beyond the arc and UNC refuses to give up good looks on defense. No team in America beats North Carolina when the Tar Heels are shooting and defending like this.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

This is what happens when Justin Jackson gets hot and Joel Berry II shifts the defense with his penetration and passing and Luke Maye makes his first three shots from beyond the arc and UNC refuses to give up good looks on defense. No team in America beats North Carolina when the Tar Heels are shooting and defending like this.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Well, just as everyone predicted, it's the Luke Maye Show.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Tar Heels talking a lot on defense, calling out the screens and cuts. It's helping. Butler has hit some big 3-pointers but they're struggling inside the arc because Tar Heels not getting caught out of position. North Carolina more vocal than the Bulldogs right now.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Berry II looks pretty healthy tonight. Making 3's and getting to the rim whenever he wants.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina overwhelming Butler with Berry and Jackson. Bulldogs can't keep up with the duo. And the Tar Heels are doing a great job of denying entry passes and eliminating uncontested shot opportunities on the perimeter. Butler needs a run right now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler doing a great job challenging North Carolina on every possession. Bulldogs trying to make this a scrappy game. No idea what they'll do about Justin Jackson but Butler has to fight like this for 40 minutes.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Anyone who thinks Butler doesn't have a chance hasn't watched college basketball this season. North Carolina is a big, physical team. If the Bulldogs can set the tone and refuse to be bullied in the opening stretch at the FedEx Forum, however, they can pull off the upset. Tough task against this dominant UNC team.

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

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

Team Stats

Points Per Game76.3105th
Rebounds Per Game32.0328th
Assists Per Game13.3188th
Points Allowed68.987th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record21-14
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances14