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Hubert Davis' head-coaching career did not get off to the best of starts at North Carolina. His Tar Heels struggled with Brown, trailed at the half at Charleston, then lost neutral-court games to both Purdue and Tennessee by an average of 13 points.

UNC opened 3-2.

The Tar Heels dropped to 53rd at KenPom.

Fairly or unfairly, some were already starting to question the school's decision to replace Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Roy Williams with a first-time head coach. So that's why what happened Wednesday night inside the Dean Smith Center was so meaningful. On the big stage that the ACC-Big Ten Challenge provides, against a preseason top-10 team, North Carolina looked the way North Carolina is supposed to look with four former top-50 high school prospects in the starting lineup, among them two five-star recruits. The Tar Heels shot 46.3% from the field, including 42.1% from 3-point range, and blew out Michigan 72-51 to give Davis the first signature win of his career.

"We just had to do some soul-searching — and we had to figure out: Do we really want to be a great team or a good team," said UNC junior Armando Bacot, who finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks against Michigan. "I feel like we took a step in the right direction."

Undeniably so.

Michigan did the opposite.

The Wolverines were ranked sixth in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll but are now on the verge of dropping completely out thanks to a surprisingly bad 4-3 start that features zero notable wins and two lopsided losses — the first an 18-point defeat to Arizona, the second this 21-point loss at North Carolina. Among the issues is that five-star freshman Caleb Houston is third on the team in field goal attempts but shooting just 32.8% from the field and 28.6% from 3. He was 2-of-9 from the field against North Carolina. Preseason All-American Hunter Dickinson was limited to only 18 minutes against UNC because of foul trouble. He finished with four points and five rebounds.

With Wednesday's big win, North Carolina has reentered Thursday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings at No. 19. The Tar Heels' next three games are at Georgia Tech, vs. Elon and vs. Furman. After that, it's a trip to Las Vegas for a Dec. 18 showdown with UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic.

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Top 25 And 1 rankings

Biggest Movers
8 North Carolina
1 Florida
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1 Purdue Jaden Ivey finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Tuesday's 93-65 win over Florida State. The Boilermakers' next game is Friday against Iowa. -- 15-3
2 Duke Duke was outscored 14-1 in the final five minutes of Tuesday's 71-66 loss at Ohio State. The Blue Devils' next game is Tuesday against South Carolina State. -- 14-3
3 Gonzaga Chet Holmgren finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in Monday's 64-55 win over Tarleton State. The Zags' next game is Saturday against Alabama. -- 15-2
4 UCLA Tyger Campbell finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's 73-61 win over Colorado. The Bruins' next game is Sunday at Washington. -- 12-2
5 Villanova Collin Gillespie made four 3-pointers and finished with 26 points in Wednesday's 71-56 win at Penn. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday against Saint Joseph's. -- 13-5
6 Baylor James Akinjo finished with 15 points, five assists and three steals in Friday's 75-58 win over Michigan State. The Bears' next game is Saturday against Arkansas Pine Bluff. -- 16-2
7 Texas Marcus Carr finished with 19 points and four assists in Monday's 73-57 win over Sam Houston State. The Longhorns' next game is Friday against UT Rio Grande Valley. -- 13-5
8 Arkansas Stanley Umude finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday's 97-60 win over Central Arkansas. The Razorbacks' next game is Saturday against Little Rock. -- 13-5
9 Kentucky Oscar Tshiebwe finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds in Monday's 85-57 win over Central Michigan. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against Southern. -- 15-3
10 Arizona Azuolas Tubelis finished with 22 points and six rebounds in Saturday's 105-59 win over Sacramento State. The Wildcats' next game is Thursday against Washington. 1 15-1
11 Tennessee Kennedy Chandler finished with 15 points, seven assists, seven steals and zero turnovers in Tuesday's 86-44 win over Presbyterian. The Vols' next game is Saturday at Colorado. 1 12-5
12 Kansas Ochai Agbaji finished with 17 points and five rebounds in Sunday's 96-83 win over Iona. The Jayhawks' next game is Friday against St. John's. 1 15-2
13 Michigan St. Malik Hall finished with 15 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's 73-64 win over Louisville. The Spartans' next game is Saturday against Toledo. 1 14-3
14 Connecticut R.J. Cole finished with 25 points and five rebounds in Tuesday's 72-63 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Huskies' next game is Saturday against Grambling State. 1 13-4
15 Auburn Walker Kessler finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in Wednesday's 85-68 win over UCF. The Tigers' next game is Saturday against Yale. 1 17-1
16 USC Isaiah Mobley finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds in Wednesday's 93-73 win over Utah. The Trojans' next game is Saturday at Washington State. 1 15-2
17 Houston Marcus Sasser finished with 26 points and four steals in Tuesday's 99-58 win over Northwestern State. The Cougars' next game is Friday against Bryant. 1 16-2
18 Iowa St. Gabe Kalscheur finished with 30 points and eight rebounds in Friday's 78-59 win over Memphis. The Cyclones' next game is Wednesday against Arkansas Pine Bluff. 2 14-4
19 N. Carolina Caleb Love finished with 22 points and four assists in Wednesday's 72-51 win over Michigan. The Tar Heels' next game is Sunday at Georgia Tech. NR 12-5
20 Florida Florida missed 20 of the 24 3-pointers it attempted in Wednesday's 74-67 loss at Oklahoma. The Gators' next game is Monday against Texas Southern. 1 11-6
21 Ohio St. E.J. Liddell finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's 71-66 win over Duke. The Buckeyes' next game is Sunday at Penn State. -- 12-4
22 Alabama Keon Ellis finished with 22 points and four rebounds in Sunday's 96-64 win over Miami. The Crimson Tide's next game is Saturday against Gonzaga. 1 12-6
23 Seton Hall Jared Rhoden finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday's 85-63 win over Wagner. The Pirates' next game is Saturday against Nyack. 1 11-5
24 LSU Tari Eason finished with 20 points and five steals in Wednesday's 66-51 win over Ohio. The Tigers' next game is Dec. 11 against Georgia Tech. 1 15-3
25 Wisconsin Brad Davison finished with 27 points and three assists in Wednesday's 70-66 win at Georgia Tech. The Badgers' next game is Saturday against Marquette. 1 15-2
26 Xavier Nate Johnson finished with 24 points and two assists in Wednesday's 78-45 win over Central Michigan. The Musketeers' next game is Sunday at Oklahoma State. NR 14-3

IN: North Carolina, Xavier
OUT: BYU, Memphis