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.
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