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March Madness 2017: North Carolina meets Butler in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament

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What time is the North Carolina-Butler game?

No. 1 seed North Carolina will battle No. 4 Butler at 7:09 p.m. ET Friday in Memphis in the South Region.

What channel is the North Carolina-Butler game on?

The North Carolina-Butler game is on CBS.

Who is favored to win the North Carolina-Butler game?

The point spread as of Monday was North Carolina -7.5.

No. 1 North Carolina

Coach: Roy Williams, 14th year

Overall record: 29-7

Scoring leader: Justin Jackson, junior (18.1)

Rebounding leader: Kennedy Meeks, senior (9.1)

Assists leader: Theo Pinson, junior; Joel Berry II, junior (3.7)

Famous non-athlete alum: Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor

Why North Carolina can win:

Surviving a late charge by Arkansas proved this Tar Heels team has the mental makeup to fight back when punched in the face. The talent is there with Justin Jackson, the ACC Player of the Year, Joel Berry II and Kennedy Meeks leading the way. 

Defensively, North Carolina has struggled the last two seasons. Yet with long wings, space-eaters in the paint and a number of quick, athletic guards blocking the perimeter, the Tar Heels have upside to improve on that side of the ball.

No. 4 Butler

Coach: Chris Holtmann, third year

Overall record: 25-8

Scoring leader: Kelan Martin, junior (16.0)

Rebounding leader: Kelan Martin, junior (5.8)

Assists leader: Tyler Lewis, senior (4.0)

Famous non-athlete alum: Kevin Calabro, sportscaster

Why Butler can win:

Steady drives the ship home, at least for this Bulldogs team. Void of a true NBA prospect, Butler uses tough defense, balanced scoring and sharp perimeter shooting to stifle opposing teams.

The Bulldogs beat Villanova twice during the season — which looks slightly less impressive now — but proves this squad is capable of beating the best any given night.

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