The semifinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region took place on Friday with two games contested at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee:
In the opener, Joel Berry II scored 26 points while Justin Jackson added 24 as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (30-7) outlasted the fourth-seeded Butler Bulldogs (25-9) 92-80 to advance to 26th Elite Eight.
Luke Maye contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds (his first career double-double) to the Heels' cause.
Andrew Chrabascz topped the Bulldogs with 21 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
In the nightcap, De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points (an NCAA Tourney single-game record for a freshman) as the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (32-5) downed the third-seeded UCLA Bruins (31-5) 86-75.
Malik Monk added 21 points to the 'Cats' coffers.
It will be a battle of college basketball bluebloods as Kentucky and North Carolina will square off in Memphis on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four.