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Heels pay tribute in rout

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 15 North Carolina opened the game by scoring on a "Four Corners" play as a tribute to the late Dean Smith, then rolled to an 89-60 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Smith was known for using the Four Corners to spread the floor and work the clock, which ultimately helped lead to the implementation of a shot clock in college basketball.

The Hall of Famer, who retired in 1997 as the winningest coach in men's Division I history with 879 wins, died two weeks ago, but this was UNC's first home game since his death. There was a pregame moment of silence and the school has scheduled a public memorial Sunday in the campus arena bearing his name.

The Tar Heels (19-8, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost four of five, including Wednesday night's potentially crushing failure to close out No. 4 Duke in an overtime loss.

But that "Four Corners" opening — with coach Roy Williams holding up four fingers to signal Smith's famed offense — led to Brice Johnson's layup in a sign of how smoothly things would run.

Kennedy Meeks scored 18 points for the Tar Heels.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 15 for Georgia Tech (12-15, 3-12).

NO. 1 KENTUCKY 110, AUBURN 75: At Lexington, Ky., Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points to lead six Kentucky players in double figures, and the Wildcats broke the century mark in a Southeastern Conference game for the first time in five years.

The Wildcats (27-0, 14-0) hadn't broken triple digits in a league game since beating Arkansas 101-70 on Jan. 23, 2010. Aaron Harrison's two free throws with 3:18 left ensured the achievement in a game that was never in doubt as the Wildcats scored the first nine points and never let up. He finished with 18 points.

NO. 3 GONZAGA 70, SAINT MARY'S 60: At Moraga, Calif., Kyle Wiltjer had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Gonzaga rallied from 17 points down to beat Saint Mary's.

The Bulldogs (28-1, 16-0) claimed the West Coast Conference championship outright and rolled up a school-record 21st straight victory. Wiltjer teamed with Przemek Karnowski to make some big shots down the stretch and keep the Zags on track for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

NO. 4 DUKE 78, CLEMSON 56: At Durham, N.C., Quinn Cook matched a career high with 27 points for Duke, and the Jahlil Okafor-less Blue Devils routed Clemson.

Three freshmen — Justise Winslow (20 points), Tyus Jones (11) and Grayson Allen (10) — also reached double figures to help Duke (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its seventh straight.

NO. 5 WISCONSIN 63, MINNESOTA 53: At Madison, Wis., Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points, Bronson Koenig added a career-high 17 and Wisconsin beat Minnesota for its 10th straight win.

The Badgers (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten) maintained their three-game conference lead in the loss column over Maryland, Purdue and Michigan State.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 87, MARQUETTE 76: At Milwaukee, Darrun Hilliard scored 17 points, and Ryan Arcidiacono added 16 for Villanova.

Dylan Ennis and JayVaughn Pinkston each had 14 to help Villanova (25-2, 12-2 Big East) extend its winning streak to eight games.

NO. 7 ARIZONA 57, UCLA 47: At Tucson, Ariz., Gabe York scored 13 points and Dusan Ristic added 12, providing Arizona an unexpected lift in a difficult victory over UCLA.

Arizona (24-3, 11-2 Pac-12) was abysmal offensively to start both halves and allowed UCLA to rally from a 14-point halftime deficit. UCLA scored the first 17 points of the second half to take the lead.

NO. 8 KANSAS 81, TCU 72: At Lawrence, Kan., Perry Ellis scored 23 points, Devonte' Graham added a career-high 20 and Kansas bounced back from a frustrating loss to hold off foul-plagued TCU.

Ellis, who blew a potential winning layup at the buzzer in Monday night's loss in West Virginia, quieted a host of critics who lit him up on social media this week. He finished 9 of 10 from the floor and had seven rebounds.

NO. 10 NOTRE DAME 87, BOSTON COLLEGE 70: At Boston, Bonzie Colson had 16 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench, leading Notre Dame to a victory over Boston College.

Demetrius Jackson added 15 points and Jerian Grant had 10 points and 11 assists for the Irish.

North Carolina's Isaiah Hicks (22) dunks against Georgia Tech during the first half in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday. AP PHOTO