The 6-6 Carolina center scored 19 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to help lead the Heels to a 78-53 win over Maryland.
Behind Sutton's strong game, the Heels controlled the boards with a whopping 45-23 advantage. Carolina also shot the ball well, going 49.2% from the field.
The Terps were lead by Marche Strickland and Jamecca Harrell with 10 points apiece.
UNC will take on the winner of the 7 p.m. N.C. State/Clemson game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports Net.
UNC swept Clemson, winning as recently as Valentines Day, 86-76. The Heels split with N.C. State, losing at home in early January by three but winning in Raleigh three weeks ago, 80-71.
Leah Metcalf left the game late in the half with a sore shoulder. She returned to the bench with an icepack on her shoulder and her status unknown for tomorrow. Nikki Teasley suffered a nagging toe/foot problem but obviously, with 27 points it didn't seem to affect her game.
In the opening game, No. 4 seed Virginia got a layup as time expired to defeat No. 5 seed Georgia Tech, 60-58.
Game No. 1 - Seed No. 8 Maryland 72, Seed No. 7 Wake Forest 66
Game No. 2 - Seed No. 1 Duke 82, Seed No. 9 Florida State 66
Game No. 3 - Seed No. 4 Virginia 60, Seed No. 5 Georgia Tech 58
Game No. 4 - Seed No. 2 North Carolina 78, 8 Maryland 53
Game No. 5 - Seed No. 3 Clemson vs. Seed No. 6 NC State, 7:00 p.m.
Game No. 6 - Seed No. 1 Duke vs. Winner of Game No. 3, 1:00 p.m. (FSN)
Game No. 7 - Winner of Game No. 4 vs. Winner of Game No. 5, 3:30 p.m. (FSN)
Game No. 8 - Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)