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How Many Tys Does It Take To Win a Title? The Tar Heels Hope Three

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  Tyler Hansbrough #50 and Ty Lawson #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels sit on the bench in the first half while taking on the Oklahoma Sooners during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional Final at the FedExForum on March 29, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Justin DamasiewiczCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

There is no doubt that the North Carolina Tar Heels have a very well-rounded team this year, and they are very talented from top to bottom.

They have proven that they can not only score with great efficiency in transition and in half court offense, but can play some pretty solid defense when necessary.

Their regional final victory over the Oklahoma Sooners demonstrates what can happen when one player goes up against five. The Tar Heels controlled the entire game despite not having a single player score 20 points, and despite 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 16 rebounds (6 offensive) from Oklahoma's star Blake Griffin.

As the tournament nears its end, one burning question remains. How many Ty's does it take to win a national Title?

The smallest Ty, Tywon Lawson, played a huge role in the Oklahoma game. He led the Heels in scoring with 19 and in assists with five while only turning the ball over once. He was also second on the team in rebounds with five, which is especially impressive considering that he is five inches shorter than the next shortest person in Carolina's starting five.

Lawson will be key for the Heels in the Final Four. As the competition has gotten tougher, so has Ty Lawson.

He is averaging over 20 points in his three tournament games, while shooting 57 percent from the field and a staggering 64 percent from the three point line. In that three game stretch he also has a 10:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Our next Ty, Tyler Hansbrough has been a little bit quieter than usual so far this tournament. Averaging just over 17 points and just over seven boards. Both are below his season and career averages.

Don't let those numbers fool you, though. Hansbrough provides energy and enthusiasm to this team, who look to him as a leader. You don't get a nickname like Psycho T without laying it all out on the court.

He will need to be at the top of his game going up against Villanova's Dante Cunningham and likely Connectcut's Hasheem Thabeet.

The last and tallest Ty is Tyler Zeller, the talented freshman seven footer.

Zeller missed 23 games this season due to an injury, but has been growing increasingly comfortable on the floor.

He is likely to be a serious factor only if the other Carolina bigs get in foul trouble early in the game, and honestly, is only in this article because his name is also Ty.

There are many people that hope that three is the magic number, myself included.  Also, Roy Williams.  However, it remains to be seen.  We will all find out this weekend.

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