The University of North Carolina Tarheels proved they were worthy of their number 1 ranking by pulling away from the UCSB Gauchos in the second half and winning by a score of 84-67. James Nunnally led the Gauchos with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Ty Lawson led 6 Tarheels in double figure scoring with 19 points, leading the potent UNC fast break on numerous occasions. Last year's college player of the year Tyler Hansbrough finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The Gauchos had the Thunderdome rocking when they briefly held a 27-22 lead, as Somogyi dunked over Hansbrough and Paul Roemer hit two straight 3-point jumpers. The Tarheels closed with a flurry to end the half, leading 45-37 and never looked back in the second half.