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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 19, 2009; 10:40 AM ET
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Milbourne's been anywhere from bad to mediocre since he's come to Maryland. He can't shoot, and he has seemingly no post game. Not sure what his worth is, but I'm assuming he's still a starter because there's no else behind him who could take his place in the lineup.

Posted by: CDon | February 19, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

CDon...have you ever watched a basketball game??

Posted by: asnis715 | February 19, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

CDon, are you serious? Have you watched MD this year? Milbourne has been our best player, particularly in ACC play, and he can shoot. The problem is that he's not aggressive and has a hard time creating his own shot.

Oh yea, it doesnt help that we're forcing him to play 4 when he's clearly a 3 because of our pathetically small front court.

Posted by: tonytroese | February 19, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

CDon, Have you watched a single game this year? Milbourne is headed to the NBA one day if he keeps playing the way he has this year. He has scored in double figures in 17 games already this season, including scoring at least 15 points or more in 10 different games.

Get a clue buddy.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 19, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

He can't shoot

Posted by: CDon | February 19, 2009 11:01 AM

He is one of the ACC leaders in FG% at 52%, which is incredible for someone who takes as many jump shots as he does.

Again, get a clue.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 19, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

He worked Jeff Allen (who is supposed to be such a beast) so badly Saturday night that Allen flicked off the fans had to sit out a game which VT lost basically putting them on the exact same hot seat as MD for a tourney bid. VT losing to UVA last night was HUGE. If MD can get to 8-8 now they have a great shot at being the 7th ACC team in and not the 8th. Their competition for the 7th slot is VT and Miami who they have the head to head edge over. The glimmer of hope is a bit brighter today than it was yesterday.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 19, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Milbourne can play the problem is he is playing out of position. The kid is 6' 7" and maybe 205-210 lbs. he is a small forward, playing power forward on a tea where the center is outmanned at 6'7" and 260lbs.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 19, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I actually like him at PF. He had a lot of problems guarding ACC 3s. Also, while he's $$$ from 15 feet, he wasn't nearly consistent enough with the three ball to be a threat out there. He may be a bit undersized, but his game is more suited for the 4 than the 3 (hell, he played PF in HS).

The real issue is that there's no one else inside to help him out. You put another big body down there to help get a few rebounds and putbacks and things open up for Landon.

Posted by: cwalter | February 19, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

He needs to hit the weight room if he's gonna play the four. Booker isn't taller than him but those 30 pounds are rough...

Posted by: Lee26 | February 19, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

CDON: Stop posting on this site until you master basketball 101,Milbourne is a baller maybe not to the extent that you're used to(not exactly sure what that is) but the dude gets the most out of his skills and plays hard game in game out if he had help he would be all acc material(2ndteam) in light of that he can play.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 19, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

cwalter: "I actually like him at PF. He had a lot of problems guarding ACC 3s. Also, while he's $$$ from 15 feet, he wasn't nearly consistent enough with the three ball to be a threat out there. He may be a bit undersized, but his game is more suited for the 4 than the 3 (hell, he played PF in HS)."

A fair evaluation. Somebody mentioned the NBA, but I'm not seeing that. Unless maybe they meant Nebraska Basketball Association?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Milbourne is probably the best player the Terps have. He is playing out of position and doing well, and he doing so as a team player with no complaints.

I'm absolutely baffled by CDon's comments above. Without Milbourne we are in big trouble and in last place in the the ACC.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Milbourne needs to use what body he has a bit more. I still think he plays a bit timid at times. Give up the 3 foot fadeaway and as Bill Walton says "throw it down big fella!" Don't be affraid to bump and grind and foul on D. I hate to say it but take a page out of Dave Neals book. He's playing well overall though.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 20, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Landon's jam against VT was sweet!

Posted by: mike78smith | February 20, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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