Kansas' first round game becomes Lawson family affair

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SALT LAKE CITY (WIBW) -- Millions of people watched the various NCAA Tournament games around the country today.

Kansas guard Charlie Moore (2), guard Devon Dotson (11), guard K.J. Lawson (13) and the rest of their bench celebrate a 3-pointer against Northeastern during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)

But for brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson, there were only two in the arena in Salt Lake City who mattered--their parents.

"Having them both here I think is great," said Kansas head coach Bill Self. "And when mom's been here, I think we actually play pretty well.

"I think she needs to make sure she's here as long as we're playing, that's for sure."

The Lawsons' parents don't get to come to many games with their father coaching their younger brother, Chandler, at Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tenn.

After the high school team won their first state title, though, their schedule is now wide open.

"I think it's probably very special for them to see us play in this moment," K.J. said, "because it's a lot of hours put into this one moment to play in the NCAA Tournament."

"I know they want to be at every game," Dedric said. "I was glad to see them come to another game. This was their third game this year, I think, and I was just happy to see them come."

After Dedric and K.J. combined for 38 points in their March Madness debut, Jayhawk nation had to be glad the Lawson's came also.