The Miami Hurricanes played so well Saturday they earned a standing ovation from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
With the Heat stars watching from the front row, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes put on another show at home, making a school record-tying 15 3-pointers and extending their winning streak to 11 by beating North Carolina 87-61.
Sophomore Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders, who built margins of 9-0 and 44-27 en route to another rout. They improved to 11-0 at home, where each of the past four wins have been by at least 22 points.
"It's crazy — I see how great of a team we can be," Miami guard Durand Scott said. "We're just rolling."
Such success is unprecedented for the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a school record for ACC victories in a season with eight games still to go. They are the last unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences.
North Carolina (16-7, 6-4), which began the season 18-2 against the Hurricanes, lost to them for the second time in four weeks.
"Everybody from North Carolina always thinks it's just about North Carolina," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. "It's not. Miami is pretty dadgum good."
Word is spreading, and the attendance-challenged Hurricanes drew a sellout crowd for the third in the past four home games. James and Wade, accompanied by teammate James Jones, were on their feet several times to join the cheers.
"It was definitely a fun thing to have them come to a game," Larkin said. "It's a great feeling knowing people at that level are realizing what you're doing."
Coach Jim Larranaga said he received a phone call early in the week requesting tickets for the Heat players.
"I told them, 'Sorry, it's sold out.' But then we said, 'We think we can fit you in.' For our recruiting purposes, it gives us a lot of credibility when we tell them we're a hot ticket in town and our program is headed in the right direction," he said.
Players have begun fielding questions about prospect of being ranked No. 1.
"That would be lovely," Scott said, "but that's not going to change our focus or determination."
Their aim was true Saturday. The Hurricanes made 13 of their first 19 3-point tries and finished 15 of 26 from beyond the arc.
"All of a sudden they started making every shot," Williams said. "A lot of teams couldn't stand out there with no defense on the court and make 15 out of 26."
Brust helps Wisconsin stun No. 3 Michigan in OT
Ben Brust hit a shot from just inside midcourt to tie the game at the end of regulation and added a tiebreaking 3 with less than 40 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin beat Michigan 65-62.
Brust scored 14 points for the Badgers (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten), while Jared Berggren added 13.
Trey Burke scored 19 points for Michigan (21-3, 8-3), while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18.
Hardaway hit a contested 3-pointer to put the Wolverines ahead 60-57 with less than 3 seconds left in regulation. Brust collected the inbounds pass near halfcourt, took one dribble and hit a runner that touched nothing but net to tie the game.
Wisconsin and Michigan traded baskets in overtime before Brust hit the 3-pointer over Caris LeVert to put Wisconsin up 65-62 with less than 40 seconds left.
NO. 5 KANSAS 66
Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and Oklahoma (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) held off Kansas (19-4, 7-3) to give the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in eight years.
The Sooners snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top 5 opponent for the first time since beating No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006.
NO. 6 GONZAGA 74,
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 55
Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk each scored 20 points as Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast) beat Loyola Marymount (8-16, 1-10), a victory that left the Zags poised to break into the top five Monday.
Elias Harris added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga.
Anthony Ireland tied a career high with 30 points to lead cold-shooting Loyola Marymount, which has lost eight straight and is last in the league.
NO. 12 MICHIGAN ST. 78,
Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling added 17, leading Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) past Purdue (12-12, 5-6).
The Spartans have won nine of their last 10 games and will have at least a share of the league lead regardless of what happens today when No. 1 Indiana visits No. 10 Ohio State.
Purdue was led by Terone Johnson with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson with 15.
NO. 13 KANSAS STATE 79,
IOWA STATE 70
Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and Angel Rodriguez added 20 as Kansas State (19-4, 8-2) knocked off Iowa State (16-7, 6-4) to take possession of first place in the Big 12.
Korie Lucious led the Cyclones with 16 points and reserve Tyrus McGee had 15.
NO. 14 BUTLER 59,
GEORGE WASHINGTON 56
Butler nearly blew a 17-point lead, going the last 71/2 minutes without a field goal, before holding on to beat George Washington.
Rotnei Clark scored 14 points and Roosevelt Jones had 12 for the Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10). Isaiah Armwood had 14 points and 11 rebounds for George Washington (11-11, 5-4).
UNLV 64, NO.15 NEW MEXICO 55
Anthony Bennett had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the UNLV (18-6, 5-4 Mountain West) past New Mexico (20-4, 7-2).
Bryce DeJean-Jones and Katin Reinhardt each scored 16 points for UNLV. Anthony Marshall added 11 points for the Rebels.
Alex Kirk scored 17 points to lead New Mexico (20-4, 7-2).
NO. 19 OREGON 73, UTAH 64
E.J. Singler had 21 points and Oregon (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12) overcame a poor start to end its three-game losing streak with a victory against Utah (10-13, 2-9).
Jason Washburn had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Utes.
NO. 20 GEORGETOWN 69,
Markel Starks scored 20 points and Otto Porter took over down the stretch as Georgetown (17-4, 7-3 Big East) defeated Rutgers (12-10, 3-8).
Porter had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hoyas, who have won five straight and seven of their last eight. Mikael Hopkins had 12 of his 14 points after halftime and D'Vaun Smith-Rivera scored 13.
Eli Carter had 23 points for the Scarlet Knights, who lost their sixth straight.
NO. 21 MISSOURI 98,
Alex Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds and three blocks as Missouri (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) beat Mississippi (18-5, 7-3).
Phil Pressey had four assists to break Anthony Peeler's career school record and had 22 points for Missouri, which bounced back nicely from its latest discouraging road loss, a one-point setback at Texas A&M on Thursday. The Tigers are 14-0 at home and 0-5 on the road.
NO. 22 OKLAHOMA ST. 72,
Marcus Smart (17-5, 7-3 Big 12) scored 23 points as Oklahoma State cruised past struggling Texas (10-3, 2-8), the Cowboys' fifth straight win.
Markel Brown added 17 points for the Cowboys, who struggled offensively for long stretches but used their own tough defense to clamp down on the Longhorns.
The Cowboys shot 38 percent from the field, but Smart found enough room inside and out to carry the Cowboys past a Texas team struggling through its worst season in 15 years under coach Rick Barnes. Smart was three of six from 3-point range.
Ioannis Papapetrou scored 15 points to lead Texas.
NO. 13 PITTSBURGH 62,
NO. 17 CINCINNATI 52
Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that sent Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4) past Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5), keeping the momentum going for one of the Big East's hottest teams.
The Panthers have won seven of their last eight games overall and four of their past five on the road. Woodall hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run that put Pitt ahead to stay with 3:21 left.
NO. 24 MARQUETTE 89,
Vander Blue scored 18 points and Junior Cadougan added 17 as Marquette (17-5, 8-2 Big East) held off DePaul (10-13, 1-9), the Blue Demons' eighth straight loss.
With the win, Marquette moved one-half game ahead of No. 9 Syracuse for first place in the Big East. Syracuse is scheduled to play at home today against St. John's.
Davante Gardner added 13 points for Marquette, which won for the 22nd straight time at home, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.