No. 4 But­ler (25-8) vs. No. 1 North Carolina (29-7)

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Bot­tom line: But­ler is 2-4 against No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tour­na­ment all time, reach­ing the na­tional ti­tle game in 2010 and 2011 when they knocked off a No. 1 seed. The Bull­dogs also beat de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Vil­lanova not once, but twice this sea­son. They have not trailed in beat­ing a pair of dou­ble-digit seeds, Winthrop and Mid­dle Ten­nessee. The last time North Carolina came into Mem­phis, Tenn., as the South’s No. 1 seed, the Tar Heels wound up win­ning the 2009 na­tional cham­pi­onship. The At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence reg­u­lar-sea­son champs routed Texas South­ern and ral­lied from five down in the fi­nal 2:57 to beat Arkansas and reach this stage. Holt­mann vs. Wil­liams: But­ler has won the last two meet­ings of these teams, and Bull­dogs coach Chris Holt­mann is 1-1 him­self with a win in 2014 at the Bat­tle 4 At­lantis. Vet­eran coach Roy Wil­liams is 7-1 in the Sweet 16 with North Carolina. Keep an eye on: But­ler’s An­dre Wood­son and North Carolina’s Justin Jack­son. Wood­son played his last two sea­sons at the Univer­sity of Mem­phis be­fore grad­u­at­ing and trans­fer­ring to But­ler. He is 8-of-14 be­hind the arc in the tour­na­ment and re­turn­ing to an arena where he av­er­aged 38 per­cent shoot­ing from 3-point range. Jack­son, the ACC player of the year, is av­er­ag­ing 18.1 points per game and has hit a school-record 98 3s this sea­son. Did you know? Wil­liams has made it to the NCAA Tour­na­ment in 27 of his 29 years as a head coach. This is his 18th berth in the Sweet 16, where he is 12-5 over­all.

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