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Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:42 am
Edited on: February 12, 2009 12:47 am
 

Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green will finish their careers with a 4-0 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

They should thank Ty Lawson for making it possible.

In a classic example of what a fast and quick point guard can do to an opponent who isn't quite as fast or quick, Lawson spent the second half of Wednesday night's showdown slicing Duke's man-to-man defense to pieces while leading North Carolina to a 101-87 victory. He scored 21 of his 25 points in the final 17 minutes, and to understand the difference the junior made all you have to do is look at the box score.

It looks like this ...

UNC      44  57  101
Duke    52  35     87

You see that?

When Lawson was ineffective, Duke outscored UNC by eight.

When Lawson was effective, UNC outscored Duke by 22.

Trust me when I tell you that was not a coincidence, which is why it's fair to suggest that though Hansbrough is the star and face of North Carolina, Lawson might actually be the reason the Tar Heels win a national title, assuming they do win a national title. When he plays well, they're virtually unstoppable on offense, proof being how North Carolina became the first school to hang 100 on Duke in more than nine years.

And Duke is not a bad defensive team.

The Blue Devils actually entered with the third-most efficient defense in the nation, meaning they allow fewer points per 100 defensive possessions than everybody except Louisville and Memphis. But it was difficult to see that Wednesday night with Lawson running up and down the court, slicing through the lane, converting layups and leading North Carolina to a blowout win that placed Hansbrough and Green into rare company.

Thank-You cards are in order.

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Comments

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2009 12:09 pm
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

Lawson is most definately the key to UNC's success offensively. He is the unstoppable force that ran into the immovable object that is Duke's Defense. I guess we now know what happens as a result... The unstoppable force prevails.




Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 3:04 pm
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

I agree, ke knew Hansbrough was there and kept swinging until he connected.




Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 1:58 pm
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

I agree UNC phoenix, an explanation is in order.  Copeland's getting PO'd at State was far less severe than Singler's actions. 

But we shoot technicals and they get the ball because of a jump ball call during the elbow to the jaw?  plus, Singler gets to keep playing.

Perhaps, the ref will be shown the illogic of that call, and the next time Duke does it, (and they will), the correct punishment will be given.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 11:12 am
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

I am obviously a Huge Heel fan.  I thought that the elbow was unintentional as well.  It did look like his hand slipped off of the ball while he was fighting for it.  I think the officials made the right call and everyone moved on.  Those 2 points had very little influence on the outcome of the game.




Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 11:11 am
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

UNCPhoniex It was a dead ball technical foul because they had already called it a jump ball.  Because it is a dead ball technical foul the team that has possesion of the ball gets to keep it.  The arrow went to Duke so the possesion went to Duke.  Now why he didn't get ejected for elbowing someone in the face I have no idea, I thought it was a bad call and I have non-biased opinion on the subject being a Virginia Tech fan.




Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 10:33 am
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

He knew who was on him.  His own teammate was still fighting him for the ball while Hansbrough backed off.  His right hand was not on the ball before the elbow fired back.  No slip, no accident, no class.




Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 10:26 am
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

I should clarify - my comment is in reply to people asking why Singler was not ejected for having his hand slip off a tied up ball causing him to hit a player he didn't even see.




Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 10:24 am
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

Please tell me you are kidding or blind and not a complete moron.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 8:53 am
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

Lawson is definitely the engine pushing this Lamborghini.  I don't think it is as much a matter of "when he plays well" as "when he asserts himself".  He could dominate every game.  We see this in spurts.  I think he could do it every time.  He is so good that it is becoming apparent that Deon Thompson doesn't belong on the same floor with him.  How many times this year have we seen a Lawson quick pass hit Thompson in the nose?  It is actually quite funny.  It doesn't help that Thompson has bricks for hands and brings the ball below his waist EVERY time he touches it.  If he held the ball up high like he did in the first 10 minutes of the first half, he might be something special one day and Lawson would probably average a full 2 more assists per game.




Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 8:46 am
 

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

Here are the rules at Cameron... When a Dook player commits a technical/intentional/flagrant foul, it's NOT a technical/intentional/flagrant foul... It's good hard defense!!!  



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