"The glamour names are here", North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. Calipari led Kentucky to a national title in 2012, but Alford has UCLA in the Sweet 16 for the third time in his four seasons with the Bruins. With Berry in the lineup and playing well all game - two early threes propelled UNC on a big run - North Carolina mostly cruised against Butler thanks to a massive first half from players like Justin Jackson and Luke Maye, before Berry carried the team with 16 points in the second half. I think we've gotten better. Needless to say, Butler is going to have to rebound the basketball if they are going to have a legitimate shot at winning this game. The Bulldogs will attempt to limit second chances with 6-foot-7 Kelan Martin, 6-foot-7 Andrew Chrabascz, and 6-foot-8 Tyler Wideman - a trio that only mustered 11 total rebounds against Middle Tennessee.
"We let them get into a rhythm, especially in the beginning", Chrabascz said. His 39 points also were the most ever by a freshman in the NCAA Tournament and was the best by a Kentucky player in this tournament since Tayshaun Prince had 41 in 2002.
Key stat: The Tar Heels are first nationally in offensive rebounding, grabbing 42 percent of available boards. "But we do need to be clicking a little bit on all cylinders". Thank God we're not going to have to hear about the Ball kids, am I right? Butler is a good team, and they keep on coming at you.
"For us, we have to continue to get on the offensive glass and try to dominate as much as possible in that area".
That helped Carolina build the advantage to 30-14 when Maye connected on a 3-pointer near the midway point of the first half. North Carolina scored the first basket Friday for a 2-0 lead, the first time in the 2017 tournament that Butler trailed.
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Not after losing two 1,500-point scorers in Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham. They out rebounded the Bulldogs 36 to 25 and shot 31-of-57 (54 percent) from the field. Kentucky coach John Calipari has had much more success in the NCAA Tournament than Steve Alford. He has practiced all week, including the open practice at FedEx Forum ahead of Friday's game against fourth-seeded Butler. Despite their success over the past decade, they are a heavy underdog in a Region stacked with college basketball blue bloods in North Carolina, Kentucky, and UCLA. Still, I'm picking the Gators to win this one, even though I really, really don't want to. Series: UNC leads 23-15 Last meeting: UK won 103-100, December 17, 2016 Spread: North Carolina by 2.5 Television: CBS (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson) Radio: UK Radio Network, WHAS-840, Sirius - 136, XM - 201. Jenkins was cheering on his brother, senior guard Nate Britt. I just kind of felt like I was moving freely, and my teammates were finding me.
"We always laugh at stuff [together]".
"We talked about this a couple times", said Kennedy Meeks.
In successive January games, Butler made up 18- and 20-point deficits. Pence has ties to Butler, not only as the former governor of Indianapolis, but also because his wife, Karen, attended the school.
Entering Selection Sunday, when Florida State (No. 3 seed), North Carolina (1), Duke (2) and Louisville (2) all received favorable seeds, many pegged the ACC as America's top conference.