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A solid start to the season for Milbourne

There have been times this season when senior forward Landon Milbourne has allowed foul trouble to keep him out of the flow of the offense for the majority of games. And there have been times, such as Saturday against Eastern Kentucky, when Milbourne played through his foul trouble like the experienced forward he is.

Though he has not been Maryland's most consistent performer so far this season, Milbourne has carried out his role adequately in the workmanlike manner that has come to be his trademark. He ranks second on the team in scoring (13.8 points per game) and is shooting 55.1 percent.

"I thought he was aggressive," Coach Gary Williams said Saturday after Milbourne tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. "He made some really good shots. Landon's had a pretty good first nine games. He had a couple games when he didn't score as much as he did today, but he's certainly been out there and he knows what we're doing."

Milbourne ranks third on the team in rebounding (4.9 per game), which can be looked at one of two ways: 1) The addition of Jordan Williams (team-leading 8.2 rebounds per game) and the emergence of Sean Mosley (5.3 rebounds per game) has taken enough pressure off Milbourne that he is not counted upon to rebound as much as he was last season, or 2) Milbourne is not engaging himself on the boards as much as the Terrapins will need when ACC season rolls around.

On defense, Milbourne has made his presence felt. He has tallied a team-high 12 blocks, as well as nine steals. And with junior forward Dino Gregory's return to the lineup, Milbourne's effectiveness on both ends of the court should increase as the season progresses.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 15, 2009; 12:26 PM ET
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Milbourne has played better the last three games after looking terrible in Maui. At the 4, his mid-range game may be more effective, but he's much better suited to play the 3, and I think with JWill and Padgett improving and Gregory getting back into the swing of things, Landon will see more and more time at the 3. He just doesn't have the size or box-out fundamentals to be an effective defensive rebounder at the 4 against bigger teams. EKU is one of the worst rebounding teams in the country, so his 9 rebounds in that game are a little deceiving.

Posted by: Jeremy76 | December 15, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Milbourne will be the biggest benefactor of Gregory's return. But Milbourne has struggled against good competition. He needs to step it up. I'd like to see a litte more in your face - you punch me, I'm punching you back attitude with him and for that matter most of the rest of this team.

Posted by: Jaymand | December 15, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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