CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 9 -- Even if Maryland had been ready to play tonight's ACC game in the Dean Smith Center against North Carolina, the Tar Heels -- gunning for Coach Dean Smith's 700th career victory -- would have had the odds stacked firmly in their favor.

And when the Terrapins came out flat the result was a fait accompli, the home team rolling to a 105-73 triumph.

"I've been reminded a few times today. It's nice of people to notice," said Smith, only the sixth NCAA Division I coach to reach 700 wins.

"I think we've had great players here. It's been a privilege to coach them. Imagine {assistant coach and former North Carolina star} Phil Ford coming over to congratulate me. Do you know how many games he won for me?"

Tonight the hero for the Tar Heels (12-1, 1-0) was guard Hubert Davis, a junior who scored a career-high 25 points, including five three-point field goals in the second half for the nation's fifth-ranked team.

At the other end of the floor, Maryland (8-5, 1-2) shot an anemic 36 percent, committed 20 turnovers and suffered a 55-42 pounding on the backboards.

The result was the worst defeat Maryland has suffered during Gary Williams's season-and-a-half as coach. Last season the Terrapins lost to Connecticut by 22 points in the ACC-Big East Challenge series.

Matt Roe led the visitors with 23 points.

Walt Williams scored 16 with 8 rebounds and 8 assists but overall it was a tough night for the junior guard. He didn't score until 8:55 remained in the first half and shot two for 11 in the opening 20 minutes.

"It hurts us when Walt doesn't get off to a good start, but shooting is something that's not going to be there sometimes," said Gary Williams.

"But we have to do the other stuff. They got every loose ball. I don't think we got a rebound from a missed free throw in the first half.

"We're just not a good road team yet and that's not right."

The Terrapins took a 3-2 lead on a three-point play by Kevin McLinton but that might have been their high point of the evening. A jumper by Roe tied the game at 7 but North Carolina then went on a 34-15 run.

It took a three-point play by Vince Broadnax with a second remaining for Maryland to reduce the difference to 45-28 at halftime. Things were as painful for Maryland as the score indicated. The Terrapins shot 24 percent and allowed North Carolina to bully its way to 15 offensive rebounds.

"I think we came out fired up but they got the lead and I don't know if we were intimidated or not, but we didn't play Maryland basketball," said McLinton. "We weren't doing the little things we need to do to win and if we do that against Carolina -- or any team -- we're going to get blown out."

Maryland actually seemed primed to make a run at the start of the second half, scoring six points in the opening minute. But Davis counteracted the spurt with a pair of three-pointers and a driving layup.

When George Lynch (18 points, 11 rebounds) scored after an offensive rebound with 17:45 remaining, the Tar Heels had increased their lead to 55-34.

Cedric Lewis hit a free throw for Maryland and the Terrapins forced a turnover, but McLinton had a shot blocked and, on the transition, Davis connected on another three-point attempt for a 58-35 lead.

Davis was so hot that the next time he touched the ball, many in the sellout crowd of 21,572 began exhorting him to "Shoot!" apparently unconcerned that he was standing at midcourt at the time.

Although he didn't oblige them on that occasion, North Carolina was still able to increase its advantage to 29 points, 70-41, with 12 minutes remaining.

Although the Terps did prompt Smith to use one of his timeouts, closing to 86-64 with 7:28 left, it was clear that the only mysteries unresolved were whether the Tar Heels would attain 100 points and by how much they would win.

"They played good defense but we could have run our offense better," said Gary Williams. "When you're playing the fifth-ranked team in the country you have to do things right and tonight we paid the price for not doing that against a great team."

Yr.........W-L.....Pct.....ACC, fin.

1961-62....8-9.....471.....7-7, *4th

1962-63...15-6.....714....10-4, 3rd

1963-64...12-12....500.....6-8, 5th

1964-65...15-9.....625....10-4, *2nd

1965-66...16-11....593.....8-6, *3rd

1966-67...26-6.....813....12-2, 1st

1967-68...28-4.....875....12-2, 1st

1968-69...27-5.....844....12-2, 1st

1969-70...18-9.....667.....9-5, *2nd

1970-71...26-6.....813....11-3, 1st

1971-72...26-5.....839.....9-3, 1st

1972-73...25-8.....758.....8-4, 2nd

1973-74...22-6.....786.....9-3, *2nd

1974-75...23-8.....742.....8-4, *2nd

1975-76...25-4.....862....11-1, 1st

1976-77...28-5.....848.....9-3, 1st

1877-78...23-8.....742.....9-3, 1st

1978-79...23-6.....793.....9-3, *1st

1979-80...21-8.....724.....9-5, *2nd

1980-81...29-8.....784....10-4, 2nd

1981-82...32-2.....941....12-2, *1st

1982-83...28-8.....778....12-2, *1st

1983-84...28-3.....903....14-0, 1st

1984-85...27-9.....750.....9-5, *1st

1985-86...28-6.....824....10-4, 3rd

1986-87...32-4.....889....14-0, 1st

1987-88...27-7.....794....11-3, 1st

1988-89...29-8.....784.....9-5, *2nd

1989-90...21-13....618.....8-6, *3rd

1990-91...12-1.....923.....1-0,

Totals....700-204...774..288-103

*-indicates tie. Won national title in '82.