Tyler Hansbrough scored the first basket of both halves and finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Tar Heels to a 98-63 rout of No. 13 Michigan State last night.
The Tar Heels (8-0) took control with an 11-3 run late in the first half, led by 14 at halftime, then built a 30-plus-point cushion at the home of the Detroit Lions and the 2009 Final Four. Barring injuries or an upset, the first unanimous preseason No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll seems destined for a return trip to the Motor City.
"I'll be back, and I hope my team is with me," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
The Spartans (4-2) started the season ranked sixth but lost a lot of luster with an 18-point loss to Maryland last week.
No. 3 Pittsburgh 78, Duquesne 51: : Sam Young scored 23 and DeJuan Blair had 14 points and 17 rebounds to help the host Panthers defeat the Dukes (4-2) to improve to 8-0 for the seventh consecutive season.
No. 10 Tennessee 87, UNC Asheville 69: : Tyler Smith had the first triple double in school history - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists - and the host Volunteers (6-1) routed the Bulldogs (3-4) to give coach Bruce Pearl career victory No. 400.
No. 1 Connecticut 96, Holy Cross 37: : Freshman Caroline Doty (11 points) extended her school-record streak of made three-pointers to 10 as the host Huskies (6-0) routed the Crusaders (1-6) by breaking the 90-point barrier for the fifth straight game. Doty went 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
No. 2 North Carolina 72, No. 18 Ohio State 63: : Jessica Breland scored 29, and the visiting Tar Heels (9-0) held the Buckeyes (6-2) scoreless for more than nine minutes of the second half for a win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
No. 6 Oklahoma 69, Creighton 49: : All-America center Courtney Paris recorded her 99th straight double double (11 points, 16 rebounds), and the host Sooners (5-2) used a 12-0 run to beat the Bluejays (2-4).
No. 14 Auburn 95, North Carolina A&T; 74: : Dewanna Bonner had 26 points and 11 rebounds, leading the host Tigers (8-0) past the Aggies (3-3).
Georgia Tech 70, No. 21 Michigan State 57: : Alex Montgomery scored 20 and the host Yellow Jackets (6-2) closed on a 20-5 run to upset the Spartans (6-2).