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Some Props To Milbourne

I covered this only briefly in the game story I posted on the blog yesterday evening, but one of the main sparks for Maryland during its commanding exhibition victory over Northwood was junior forward Landon Milbourne. He shot 9 for 15 from the field, scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but just as importantly, he ensured the Terps got out to a fast start. They built a 9-0 lead and never looked back.

Milbourne scored 14 of his points in the first half, and displayed an ability to make an array of shots in the process. He also talllied a game-high three steals. For most of the game, he was the best player on the court.

But after the game, Coach Gary Williams lauded Milbourne more for the effect he had on the team than the effect he had on the scoreboard or stat sheet.

"I notice Landon, a guess being a year older, wanting to be a leader," Williams said. "In other words, there was no doubt in my mind that Landon wanted to be one of our tri-captains this year, and I’ve seen that in practice. That’s where you really see it, where, how guys come every day, and Landon hasn’t had any bad days in terms of effort. This is important to Landon; it’s very important to Landon what he does this year."

On most nights this season, Milbourne (listed at 6-foot-7, 207 pounds) will match up against bigger, more physical players, specfically when he is utilized at the power forward position. But as he and Williams have pointed out, that can cause match-up problems for his opponent, as well. If Milbourne can continue to display the court savvy and leadership he did yesterday, he may end up being the Terp most vital to the team's success.

How do you all think Milbourne will fare this season at the power forward position? And where do you place him on the list of Terps most important to the team's success?

By Steve Yanda  |  November 9, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Point 1: Landon will use a lot of energy playing against bigger 4s this year, which is likely to result in him being toward the end of games, in turn adversely affecting Landon's shot. So we need someone spell Landon at the 4, so Landon is not exhausted at crunch time. Who are the candidates?

Point 2: Based on previous comments, and on the exhibition game yesterday, a lot of our players have dedicated themselves to doing serious work in the off-season, resulting in noticable diferences in yesterday's game. Examples (not in any particular order): Bowie, Tucker, Milborne, Hayes, DuPree.

Posted by: 67terp | November 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Landon will play a vital role in the success of the Terps. He wants to be a leader and this is his year to provide that leadership. You can be sure of one thing, he will give a 110% effort everytime he runs out on the court. He watched as a freshman, he learned as a sophomore and this summer he worked hard to prove how valuable he can be as a junior. This season the fans will not only see a much improved player, but they will see a leader that helps inspire his teammates. It is an honor for him to be named one of the Captains. I think this is one reason Landon wants to put the Fear back into the Turtle.

Posted by: Hondohandy | November 11, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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