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Lethal Lawson

Later this afternoon, Maryland will take on No. 3 North Carolina in the first of a pair of home games that likely will determine the Terps' postseason plans. Win one (or both) of the next two games, and Maryland's hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament remain alive. Lose both and it would appear likely the Terps will be NIT-bound for the fourth time in five seasons.

One player who will be a significant factor in today's game is North Carolina guard Ty Lawson, a native of Clinton, Md. who has taken complete control of the Tar Heels during this ACC season, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

"Lawson is the guy, I think, that makes them go," North Carolina State Coach Sidney Lowe told the Journal. "They've got some other players obviously that are great players, but I think Lawson is the key. He runs the show. He pushes the ball. He gets it to the right people. He makes a big play, whether it's a jump shot or getting to the basket or defensively. He, to me, is the glue."

Against North Carolina State on Wednesday, Lawson tallied 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting. He also recorded nine assists and just one turnover.

Lawson ranks No. 2 in the ACC history in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.72). He trails only Lowe, who produced a ratio of 2.94 as a player at N.C. State in the early 1980s.

Oh, and Lawson also is on track to become the first North Carolina point guard since 1980 to finish a season with more steals than turnovers. He currently has 54 steals and 48 turnovers.

"Ty is playing very good right now," Tar Heels forward Deon Thompson told the Journal. "I think he's been playing well all season long. He's shown that he's probably one of the great guards in this conference, and in the country."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 21, 2009; 9:07 AM ET
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Comments

Eric - any information on those Gold uniforms? Will the Terps be sporting them today since they've won the last two games at home while wearing them? I know that teams and coaches can be superstitious.

Go Terps!!!

Posted by: TerpGrad | February 21, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Please dear God let us win...

Posted by: linda1413 | February 21, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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