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November 20, 2012

Butler - UNC Capsule

Game Day
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Location: Maui, Hawaii - Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
TV: ESPN (Watch Online)
Announcers: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (color analyst) & Bill Raftery (color analyst)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (color analyst) & Dave Nathan (host)
Rankings: Butler: Not Ranked; North Carolina: AP - 9 USA Today - 9
Coaches: Brad Stevens (141-41 at BU; 141-41 Overall); Roy Williams (261-68 at UNC; 679-169 Overall)

Bulter at a glance
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Nickname: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue & White
Conference: Atlantic 10
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
2011-2012 Record: 22-15 (11-7)
2012-2013 Record: 2-1 (0-0)
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Last Game
Butler: The Bulldogs enter Tuesday's game with a 2-1 record, having beaten Marquette 72-71 on a running, last-second three-pointer by Rotnei Clarke on Monday afternoon. [Recap]

North Carolina: The Tar Heels advanced to Tuesday's semifinal with a 95-49 win over Mississippi State in Monday afternoon's quarterfinal round, Carolina's 10th consecutive Maui Invitational victory. UNC is looking to improve to 5-0 this season and will be facing Butler for the first time since 1994. [Recap]

Butler-North Carolina Series
Carolina leads the all-time series with Butler, 2-1. The Tar Heels and Bulldogs faced each other in consecutive seasons in the 1990s with Carolina winning both contests (one in Indianapolis and one in Chapel Hill). On December 20, 1992, Carolina won 103-56 at Butler in a homecoming game for then-UNC junior center Eric Montross, an Indianapolis native who is now an analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network radio crew. The next year, Carolina beat the Bulldogs 104-64 in Chapel Hill in Montross' senior season. The only other meeting between the two schools came in Indianapolis on Jan. 1, 1929. Butler beat UNC 43-20 on that day. Roy Williams will be coaching his first game against Butler on Tuesday.

Butler-North Carolina Notes
The winner will advance to Wednesday's championship game at 10 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. in Maui) against the winner of the semifinal game between host Chaminade and Illinois. The losers of Tuesday's two semifinals will play in the event's third-place game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (2:30 p.m. in Maui).

Team notes courtesy of the ACC and UNC Athletic Communications

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