North Carolina handles Butler to reach Elite EightBy Kelly Sanders Mar 25, 2017
This game wasn't as much of a scare for the Tar Heels as the Arkansas game in the second round. The Bulldogs have struggled on the boards this year and are 323rd in the country in rebounds per game (32.2), while the Tar Heels lead the country in rebounds per game (43.8). Swanigan has 28 double doubles this year and has had a double double in both of the tournament games.
You could point to some questionable decisions by Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hicks fouling out (again) if you want to be kind of nit-picky, but the important thing is that the Heels found a way to win against a team that has had a lot of success this season.
"It's a little different shooting the ball and not really feeling like, 'We're not going to get an offensive rebound, '" Jackson said.
"We let them get into a rhythm, especially in the beginning", Andrew Chrabascz said. Next up in the Sweet 16 is the Butler Bulldogs, and they proved they are up for beating big teams, coming out victorious twice in their regular season against defending NCAA champ Villanova.
Since 2010, Butler has played in two national title games, more than Carolina and UCLA combined.
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Arizona started the tournament with a 100-82 victory over No. 15 seed North Dakota one week ago, then defeated No. 7 seed St. The junior guard made his first seven shots, two of them from deep, before missing a 3-pointer with 1:20 left in the half.
Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Kevin Love had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers snapped Charlotte's three-game winning streak and clinched the Central Division. "We have a group of guys that believe in one another". "Of the top-five mix, I don't know how many are going to be in this game, but there's going to be quite a few". Oh, sorry, No. 4 Butler - promises to deliver more historical heft, more star power and more coaching eminence than whatever the national semifinals produce in Glendale, Ariz. Roy Williams' team entered halftime up 16, 52-36.
That history - and Holtmann's own having beaten the Tar Heels previously - is a reason why Williams hasn't gotten caught up in the all-blue-blood-regional talk. "We had a bunch of ups and downs in conference play, but we overcame those and then just stuck together".
In the bottom of the sixth, two singles from UNC gave them runners at the corners with one out, and an RBI groundout scored UNC's seventh and mercifully last run on the night, making the game 7-0. And also they answered every run that we had.
Carolina squeaked out a victory against Arkansas in the second round by scoring the game's final 12 points en route to a 72-65 victory. By comparison, Butler had just 13 assists.
"They just out-toughed us in the game I played in and some of our assistants have said that's been the reason they've won those games", Britt said.
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