West Region top-seed Wisconsin wasn't great Thursday night, but it had enough to beat North Carolina 79-72 in the Sweet 16.
Wisconsin used a late surge in the second half to take the lead for good and beat North Carolina to advance to Elite 8.
University of North Carolina forward will be available to play in Thursday's Sweet 16 game against Wisconsin.
Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith died on Feb. 7, but left his players one final gift in his passing.
The Wildcats face West Virginia and Wisconsin goes against North Carolina as the NCAA Tournament resumes with a slate of marquee games.
North Carolina will likely wait until Thursday before deciding if guard Kennedy Meeks will be available to play in Thursday's Sweet 16 game, coach Roy Williams said.
Kennedy Meeks, who sprained his knee on Saturday, was able to participate in the non-contact portion of UNC's practice on Tuesday.
The West Regional hasn't exactly gone as plannned so far, but the top of the region has unfolded just as expected, with Arizona and Wisconsin on a collision course for a West regional final rematch.
Showtime Sports will debut its new sports documentary, Dean Smith, on Wednesday March 25.
All but one of the potential first-team All-Americans this year (D'Angelo Russell) have made the regional semifinals, including our presumptive national player of the year candidates. So there's obviously a ton of talent left. But who is the best? I've gone ahead and ranked the starters from all of the remaining teams No. 1 through No. 80.

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