KU's Dedric Lawson poised for NCAA Tournament success

SALT LAKE CITY (WIBW) -- March Madness is as known for memorable individual performances as anything else--players who can carry their teams on special runs.

Kansas' Dedric Lawson (1) shoots next to Texas Tech's Tariq Owens (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

For Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, that's something he's done the majority of the season.

Lawson led the Big XII in scoring and rebounding, and was the only player in the conference to average a double double.

The redshirt junior struggled in his last game out against Iowa State. But if KU is going to make a run, Lawson can't afford to be off.

His teammates believe he has a little more in him to put on something special in the NCAA Tournament.

"He's put on such a performance," said David McCormack. "It's hard to say but I can still see him tapping into another level of just pumping energy into the team and embracing that dog side of him."

"He's probably one of the best rebounding bigs out there in the country," said Quentin Grimes. "Just from a standpoint of him being a leader, kind of throughout the year we've seen him talk more in practices with us and be a leader that we need out there."

Lawson, though, sees the Tournament as a stage for his entire team to shine.

"I think everyone has to take it up another notch for us to go far," Lawson said. "It's just not something for me personally, it's just something for the whole team to step it up another notch."

Four-seed Kansas takes on 13-seed Northeastern on Thursday at 3 p.m. CT in Salt Lake City. The game will air on TNT.