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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.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 1:17 am

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

Game was a good one and Lawson is amazing.  Hopefully next time they play, the score will be a little bit closer so the audience doesn't have to hear Dicky V. drone on and on about A-Rod and Brett Favre.

Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:57 am

Lawson key to UNC win/hopes for title

Great Game! and great commentary! now I just have 1 question GP, o wizest of the talking heads: Explain the difference between Technical/intential/flagrant fouls and why kyle singler's punching and elbowing Tyler Hansborough did not get

1)kyle ejected

2)UNC the ball after the free throws

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