Back from Maui, issues addressed for men's basketball team
Senior forward Landon Milbourne said Monday afternoon that the players called a team meeting yesterday to address several of the deficiencies that led to Maryland departing Hawaii late last week with a 1-2 showing in the Maui Invitational.
The Terrapins stand 4-2 entering tomorrow's ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-up at Indiana, and while Milbourne wouldn't go so far as to call this week's pair of games (Maryland also plays No. 3 Villanova on Sunday) more crucial than they otherwise would have been had the team performed better in Maui, he did acknolwedge that some added pressure does accompany two early season defeats.
"Our bench production has to pick up, and our senior leadership has to pick up as well," Milbourne said. "I think we addressed that, and we'll see what happens."
Milbourne said overconfidence played a role in Maryland's two losses, as well as its shaky first half against Division II Chaminade in the first round of the tournament. He also cited a lack of aggression on defense and a lack of execution on offense.
"Too many times we were caught trying to go one on one and making bad turnovers, taking bad shots from everybody on the team, and that's just something that we pointed out," Milbourne said. "Being aggressive on defense is just a certain mindset that you have to have. When the game starts, you can't let your man score. You have to take it upon yourself to not let your man score. And if we do get beat, we have to have each other's back. We have to move, we have to keep other players from getting in the lane. When team's drive, it creates so much of a problem. They could dish it out for open threes or they could get to the foul line, and that's just something we have to eliminate. We weren't emphasizing that enough when we went out there, and now that we've lost a couple of games, we know what we have to change."
Milbourne later said the Terrapins lacked the emotion that was present during the team's run to the NCAA tournament last season, something he attributed in part to the team's 3-0 start.
"Everything's okay when you win," Milbourne said. "You don't look at a lot of the mistakes that you made in a game you win, and being that they were a DII team I don't think that we really could see where we messed up a lot. But when we played against a better talented team, we got exposed a little bit, so it was easier to see what we were doing wrong. We just didn't face it fast enough, and that's why we had the second loss. But now that we've had some time to look and see how we can fix some things we'll be alright."
Posted by: TerpGrad | November 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DiehardTerp | November 30, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: ckstevenson | November 30, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: petecard | December 1, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: HughGRection | December 1, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: CYork1 | December 1, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: terptilldeath | December 1, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.