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Milbourne Earns Some Respect, Sort Of

There was no question Gary Williams was proud of his team, and specifically Dave Neal and Landon Milbourne, as he sat down at the dais for his postgame press conference last night. Milbourne's name might still remain relatively unknown in some opposing locker rooms, but his coach sure appreciated his efforts.

During a crucial win over Wake Forest, Neal had provided his typical grit, determination and timely three-point shooting, while Milbourne had pulled down 11 rebounds to help the Terps own the edge on the boards. And both of their efforts came against a Demon Deacons frontline that held a significant size advantage.

"They haven’t complained all year," Williams said. "In other words, I don’t think there’s been a game once conference play started where Dave wasn’t guarding a guy three inches bigger than he is. And Landon the same way. And Landon went from the three to the four to really help our team this year. And they’ve done just a tremendous job. Landon had 11 rebounds, which against Wake Forest’s inside players is really a tremendous effort. But that’s what we’ve been about this year is our effort in terms of showing up every day."

The duo's performance even garnered some praise from Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague, who listed Greivis Vasquez, Sean Mosley, Neal and that one guy -- You know, the one who was relentless in his pursuit of any loose ball? Yeah, him. -- as playing significant roles in Maryland's win.

"I mean, Greivis had a good game, but it was mainly the other guys who really hurt us," Teague said. "I mean, Mosley, Dave Neal, No. 1, he was really aggressive tonight. Last time we played them, he wasn't that aggressive. Tonight, he was really aggressive on the offensive end, he was going after every rebound, and I think he was like the X-factor of the game."

No. 1, of course, is Milbourne, who despite his solid play remained anonymous to at least one Demon Deacon.

Maryland won the rebounding battle, 44-40, which Williams and players cited as a key to the victory. Williams said watching last night's matchup reminded him of some of the games he coached at American University in the 1980s.

"We could always get the good 6-4, 6-5 guys, but we could never get the 6-9 guy that could really play," Williams said. "But you still had to go play some money games, some gurantee games, against big teams. And we would always be able to hang in there on the glass. (Friday) I really felt that if we made the effort we could do that. Everyone just bought into the fact of just how hard we had to go to rebound with a team like Wake."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Does anyone know an updated RPI ranking for the Terps? The ones I usually rely upon online haven't been updated this morning...

GO TERPS!!!!!!

Posted by: JEp1 | March 14, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Someone once said, "Defense wins championships." Last night was one of the best games we had on defense. Wake had very little penetration inside for easy baskets and put-backs, which forced them to shot more from beyond the arc, something they aren't comfortable doing. Milborne and Neal, along with Dino Gregory, deserve a lot of the credit for keeping the big guys out. The fact that we are one of the smallest teams in the conference highlights the awesome job we've done on the boards.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 14, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I am still not sold on Bowie. He misses way too many layups, and seems to be way too lackadaisical for ACC play. He hurts us more then he helps us. Plus, its about time that other players start playing more aggressively, namely Mosley and Gregory. We need more point production from these players to take the pressure off Vazquez. If we play smart, aggressive basketball for all 40 minutes I don't see why we can't beat Duke.

Posted by: RedskinAddict | March 14, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Since the Georgia Dome is not Greivis Vasquez' house (but Cameron Indoor is?) , the Maryland Turtles will be riding back to College Park waiting anxiously for their Invitation to the Not-Invited Tournament. I'd like to be the first to say farewell to Gary Williams. Thanks for the memories and enjoy that early retirement!

Posted by: jtwooten | March 9, 2009 3:14 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Enough about this team and the NCAA Tournament. Even if they got in, what are they going to do? Nothing, but lose in the first round. They don't win away from home people and the team is not talented enough, so move on and be happy for the NIT and a match-up with George Mason at Patriot Center.

Posted by: jwing14 | March 9, 2009 3:34 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Whatever it takes for Williams to resign.

Posted by: teddybeartwo | March 9, 2009 4:24 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Gary COACHED POORLY with his job in the balance.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | March 8, 2009 7:59 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Please... End the season... I cannot watch the Terps anymore. It's TOO EXCRUCIATING.... The way they lose. can't make baskets when open. Can't make lay ups. Can't make free throws. can't take care of the ball. can't defend in late parts of games. CAN'T DO ANYTHING IF THEY MADE NCAA... CAN'T MAKE NCAA... it's just too painful. please end the season now...

Posted by: doeshin | March 9, 2009 10:05 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

they will lose Vasquez and find themselves struggling mightily again next yr to go 8-8 ACC. Only then might Gary realize that missing NCAA's in 5 of 6 years is unacceptable & hopefully he'll know no contract extension is coming nor deserved. Gary has said himself that recruiting is NOT part of his coaching responsiblity so obviously he's out of touch. We'll always be thankful for the NC Gary, but do the right thing & step down after next year's NIT.

Posted by: terps77 | March 8, 2009 1:17 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The NIT is the basketball equivalent of a gentleman's C. That's not Maryland Athletics. I can understand Gary putting on a brave face till the end of the season. And I fully expect him to get off the mat swinging. But after a while, it gets tiring

Posted by: mabkhar | March 9, 2009 5:27 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I could have been mistaken, but was that Barno I saw camping out in front of the Comcast Center ticket office for NIT tickets?

Posted by: mabkhar | March 9, 2009 4:18 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

This was a very poor season, with mediocre players, coached by an individual whose ego far exceeds his abilities; not to mention the boorishness of fans (and even some players), the continuing discord with University administration, the recruiting inadequacies, the horrendous academic performance/graduation rates, and the aggregate, seriously adverse impact Williams currently has on the University of Maryland's stature. He is the catalyst that is making Maryland a "laughing stock" among reputable universities.

Posted by: rwkiefer | March 8, 2009 7:21 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

To be honest Maryland's tournament chances were over long before the Virginia game. They will probably die in the NIT. Next year Gary will again blame the administration, keep quoting that because he won a championship he is safe, and again fail to make the tournament. Thank you Lady Terps for giving us something to hope for.

Posted by: markhagner1 | March 8, 2009 10:15 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Gary Williams for National Coach of the Year!

Posted by: Realness1 | March 14, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

barno1.....get a life.

this aint cuba or china..people can have opinions.

Posted by: | March 14, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

barno makes me laugh, if stupid people didn't say stupid things he wouldn't be able to call them out. don't blame him for holding people accountable for their off base smack talk. ALL HAIL TERP!

Posted by: Lee26 | March 14, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

this aint cuba or china..people can have opinions.

Posted by: | March 14, 2009 11:35 AM

So now I'm a communist because I quote those who attack Gary Williams? Yeah, you're not an idiot I swear.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse, who puts their email address as their handle on a public message board?? Yeah you're really not an idiot, I swear.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 14, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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