North Carolina started off as little more than part of the answer to a trivia question: When was the last time a defending NCAA champ began the next season unranked? Five weeks later, that slight from the voters in The Associated Press' media poll looks increasingly less accurate.
Tar Heels back in Top 25
On Saturday, North Carolina walked into Rupp Arena and swaggered out with an unthinkable four-point win over Tubby Smith's Wildcats. CBS' cameras gave us wonderful shots of Ashley Judd and Smith's designer shirt, undoubtedly on its way to the cleaners after such a humbling experience.
Anything can happen on the court
"Carolina's up-tempo style is made for Tywon," longtime Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. "He is always quicker than anybody on the floor, and I haven't seen anybody, ever, faster with the ball. He's a jet."
Lawson custom-made for Tar Heels' up-tempo style
The Tar Heels were nearly unstoppable on offense, extending their lead to 33 points and shutting down the Huskies (6-1) for long stretches.
When Latta left the game with 2:22 remaining, the speedy guard received a round of applause from UConn fans that remained.
UNC crushes UConn
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"He's extremely athletic," Newsome said. "A lot of the schools that were recruiting him wanted him as a tight end. He's a kid that's a perfect size for a tight end right now, but I think he'll be a kid that gets to college and can grow and grow and grow. I see him at 6-5 and 290 or 300 pounds in college, but he'll still be extremely athletic, because he's that now."
Lineman commits to North Carolina