CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Jackie Manuel took a pass off the opening tip and threw down a two-handed slam five seconds into the game.
And just like that, No. 8 North Carolina was off and running.
Jawad Williams scored 17 points and was one of six Tar Heels in double figures on Sunday in a 109-60 rout of Loyola of Chicago.
It was an impressive way for North Carolina to come back from a week-long layoff after last weekend's 91-78 win over Kentucky. And it was yet another strong performance from a team that has rolled to a series of impressive wins since a stunning loss to Santa Clara in last month's opener.
The Tar Heels practiced as a team only twice all week because of final exams but showed no signs of rust against the Ramblers (2-6) and never trailed for the fifth time in seven games.
"We just had it rolling from the beginning," said Sean May, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. "We had a lot of time off and we were just eager to play. I think it showed out there."
It certainly did. North Carolina outrebounded Loyola 43-25, forced 21 turnovers and had 13 steals. In addition, the Tar Heels went 10-for-18 from 3-point range and 23-for-27 from the free-throw line.
"When you've got a couple of days off, you get a lot of energy back and your legs back under you," McCants said. "I think everybody had a lot more energy than usual."
North Carolina never put together an awe-inspiring run to build its big lead. Instead the Tar Heels just overwhelmed the Ramblers, methodically building a double-digit lead over the first six minutes and spending the rest of the game increasing it.
The Tar Heels just had too much athleticism and speed for Loyola, with Raymond Felton pushing the ball up the court in transition. Felton twice stole passes in front of coach Roy Williams and the North Carolina bench to start the break in the first half, throwing down a one-handed slam on the first and feeding David Noel for a layup on the second.
On another fast break, Felton pushed the ball up the court after a Loyola miss and found May for a slam and a 25-9 lead with 12½ minutes left.
The Tar Heels led 63-36 at halftime, shooting 23-for-34 (68 percent) and getting contributions from nine players. That included reserve guard Wes Miller, who drained a 3-pointer just before the break that drew a roar from the Smith Center crowd.
After that, the only drama left was just how many points the Tar Heels would score. They led 93-46 on Melvin Scott's layup with about 11 minutes left but slowed down dramatically before cracking the century mark on a steal-and-slam by Reyshawn Terry with 4:24 left.
Still, coach Williams wouldn't let the Tar Heels get complacent. He challenged his team to play better defense at halftime after the Ramblers shot 52 percent before the break. The Tar Heels responded by holding Loyola to 9-for-34 shooting in the second half.
He also never stopped teaching.
"I took Sean and Rashad out for one possession early in the second half because if they had made the same type of play in the (Atlantic Coast Conference), we would have been burned and I wanted them to understand that," Williams said.
Blake Schilb scored 15 points to lead the Ramblers, who have lost five straight games.
"They're really good, they're very impressive," Loyola coach Jim Whitesell said. "They were able to take us out of so many things. ... We've got to get a lot better at (shot selection) and obviously Carolina just drove us out of anything we wanted to do."