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For Milbourne, It's All In The Start

It's been a rough couple of weeks on the court for junior forward Landon Milbourne. He has scored six or fewer points and grabbed four or fewer rebounds in three of the last four games. He also has fouled out in three of the past four games.

Yesterday, Gary Williams was asked whether he had any lingering concerns over Milbourne's recent struggles.

"He just hasn't gotten off to good starts in games," Williams said. "I think if he can get off to a good start he'll be fine. I've told him just to focus on things he can control, which is going after the basketball. You know, shots come to you in a game if you just kind of play the game. You know, if you don't score in the first four or five minutes, you can't worry about that. You just have to let the ball get to you when you're open. You can create some things, either in transition or offensive rebounding, and you know, hopefully Landon can get into that early in the game."

Today, Milbourne once again will square off against post players who are a little bit bigger than him, but the skills of the Cavaliers' big men are not as refined as those of, say, North Carolina's or Wake Forest's or even N.C. State's. So it might be a good opportunity for Milbourne to break out of his mini-rut. He tallied 17 points and five rebounds the last time these two teams met.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 7, 2009; 8:11 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Landon speaks in 3rd person?

Posted by: ChadisRad | March 7, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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