Luke Maye chooses Sweet 16 to have best career game

Luke Maye chooses Sweet 16 to have best career game

He's learned to play through bumps.

Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Justin Jackson's 24 points, five rebounds and five assists led the Tar Heels to a 92-80 elimination of fourth-seeded Butler, advancing them to Sunday's regional final against the UCLA-Kentucky survivor. Top-seeded North Carolina takes on Butler tonight, followed by No. 2 seed Kentucky against third-seeded UCLA.

DID YOU KNOW? Williams has made the NCAA Tournament in 27 of his 29 years as a head coach, and this is his 18th berth in the Sweet 16 where the coach is 12-5 overall. This is Gators Coach Michael White's first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Ball declared for the National Basketball Association draft after Friday's loss. Keeping Monk and Fox from going off will be of most importance.

Theo Pinson, injured and out that day for the Tar Heels, remembered thinking at halftime there was no way Monk could keep it up.

Kentucky's 103-100 victory in December is still fresh in Isaiah Hicks (4) mind. "And some way, somehow, between now and game time tomorrow, he's got to get to be the Joel Berry that we've seen all year and that's played great for us". Thank God we're not going to have to hear about the Ball kids, am I right?

As the game opened up, the Tar Heels led by 10 points, later by 20 points and then, it didn't matter.

North Carolina would have cruised without Maye's unexpected 16 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench, so mammoth in its physicality and vast in its talent compared with Butler. That being said, the Tar Heels' national championship teams during the Williams era won those trophies by complementing their scoring efficiency with defensive stops. "He's very, very talented". Literally. Copies of their February schedule with all its losses were given to the players, who burned them.

North Carolina handles Butler to reach Elite Eight
North Carolina is the biggest favorite in the Sweet 16 , giving Butler 7.5 points at Las Vegas sportsbooks, via OddsShark . Swanigan has 28 double doubles this year and has had a double double in both of the tournament games.

Shane McNichol covers college basketball for Larry Brown Sports.

Analysis: The Wildcats make no secret of what they're going to do. "He talks, just like he just did". "I mean, he's here supporting his brother, and we're kind of like his brothers, too", forward Kennedy Meeks said. The World's Most Famous Arena has been home to the NIT Tournament since 1938.

"He said, 'Coach, I don't know if I can do that".

"I saw they had a smaller defender on me and my teammates were finding me", Jackson said.

"I was thinking, 'What would I do in this situation, ' and stuff like that, that's how you get better", Pinson said. "Just try to make it tough on him every time he gets the ball". But the Tar Heels are still capable of dominating an opponent. It was obvious that the Tar Heels needed strong showings from the usual suspects, juniors Justin Jackson and Joel Berry, but the supporting cast needed to step up as well. Kentucky is at its best when it can get out and run and set up easy transition baskets.

Let's be up front - everyone's bracket is pretty much busted in the East. He's fast. He's explosive. No 17 Austin Pifani and No. 15 Timmy Kelly jogged back alone towards the McCaskill Soccer Center and had to be alerted that the rest of their team was meeting somewhere else.

Calipari says any of his Wildcats can take over a game at any time, but it's been Fox leading the postseason parade.

But maybe, for the ones coming back, also to vow to put in extra hours, so this season would end differently.