Milbourne's Postgame Comments
The cold stare and distant look on junior forward Landon Milbourne's face after a loss always makes it seem as though he takes it harder than some of his teammates. I'm not saying that's actually the case; it just appears that way.
Anways, Milbourne was one of two Maryland players made available to reporters following Tuesday night's game (senior forward Dave Neal was the other), and his comments, while a little vague, were somewhat interesting.
So here's the line of questioning Milbourne faced from a trio of reporters, as well as his responses.
Q: What was the difference tonight going up against Clemson's frontcourt, as opposed to other ACC frontcourts you've faced this season?
LM: "I can't really put my finger on it, but I think it all revolves around just playing hard and being ready to play. I think we did a pretty good job in the first half. We were only down by six, and I don't think we ran one play correctly. Our game plan for the second half was to come out and play with the same intensity and run our plays, and we couldn't run our plays the way we wanted to. And I think that's pretty much what turned the game around."
Q: What kept you guys from being able to run your plays the way you wanted to?
LM: "I'm not really sure. I think we got away from playing team basketball for a minute. We took a couple bad shots, missed a couple lay-ups and you know, if we'd a hit a lot more shots and made more layups, then it might have been a different outcome."
Q: At one point early in the second half, you made an and-1 basket that pulled you guys to within three of the lead. At that point, did it still seem like the game was within reach?
LM: "I never had a doubt in my mind that we could win the game, but you know, it just didn't turn out that way. You know, if we could just get everybody on the same page and get everybody playing together, then maybe we'll get some more wins, maybe we can get five in a row. You never know."
Q: Did you get a sense that you guys wore down as the game went on?
LM: "No, it was just a matter of us not running our plays and not playing together as a team. We just got to trust in each other and execute."
Q: As bad as tonight's loss was, can you take something out of the first 20 minutes going forward?
LM: "Of course we can (bounce back). We don't have a choice. It's not something that we're just gonna say, 'It's the end of our season.' We've got five games left and we're capable of getting five more wins."
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