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Landon Milbourne a.k.a. Mr. Consistent

Maryland senior forward Landon Milbourne sat down in the Comcast Center media work room after Tuesday night's 22-point win over Miami, folded his arms on the top of a table and stared straight ahead, his postgame demeanor as predictable as his play on the court of late.

Milbourne's nose was a brighter hue of red because of the inflammation from an on-court collision during the first half. The white-cloth nose plugs used to halt the bleeding long since had been removed.

How's your nose, Landon?

"Good," he said.

What happened?

"Got hit in the face," came the response. "Nothing serious."

It's no secret to those who follow the Terrapins that Milbourne is, to say the least, an intense fellow. Brooding appears to be his default setting, at least when under the spotlight, and such an attitude has served him well during his four years in College Park. Reporters always have known what to expect when dealing with Milbourne -- concise, blunt and candid assessments -- and this season Maryland fans are seeing the same consistency in Milbourne's performance on the court.

Last season, Milbourne performed well at times but disappeared at others. As the ACC season progressed he seemed to fade under the duress of having to be, as Coach Gary Williams noted, Maryland's "big guy." Milbourne is listed at 6 feet 7 and 205 pounds, which are not exactly the measurements that immediately come to mind when thinking of a "big guy" on a Division I men's basketball team.

But Milbourne performed the role as capably as he could. He averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a junior.

This season, Milbourne appears to have a bit more freedom, as well as an enhanced understanding of how to find his own shot in Maryland's offense. The freedom part derives from Maryland's increased front-court depth. Freshman forward Jordan Williams stands 6-10 and weighs 260 pounds. Safe to say Milbourne no longer is considered Maryland's big guy. The post presence of Jordan Williams, along with Dino Gregory and -- at least during practice -- James Padgett, has taken a considerable amount of pressure off of Milbourne to always have to be the one battling against bigger opponents for positioning, rebounds and putback points.

"We're hoping that ... Landon doesn't have to do everything inside," Gary Williams said Tuesday. "Last year with Dave Neal, Dave would step out a lot and he really, even though he was 250 pounds, he was more of a perimeter player at that five spot, so Landon basically wound up a lot of times as our big guy. And this year that's not true. I think those guys have helped Landon. In terms of his offense, he's moved his range out to the three-point line, but in doing so, he's created more space for him to make that medium-range jump shot that he's so good at. He's just stretched the court a little bit so it's tougher to guard him."

Milbourne finished with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and five rebounds Tuesday night against Miami. In the last three ACC games, Milbourne has shot 65.5 percent. He is averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 55.3 percent on the season.

More importantly for the Terrapins, Milbourne is not showing any signs of wearing down. He said Tuesday he believes he is playing more consistently at a higher level now than he has at any other point in his collegiate career. That bodes well for Maryland heading forward.

"A lot of the four-guys in the ACC are not used to covering guys that can shoot as well as he does," senior guard Eric Hayes said of Milbourne. "Having Jordan down there kind of occupying some space also gives (Milbourne) a little more freedom to move around and get open shots like he has been, so I think it's just a mixture of his confidence and his hard work."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Landon has really evolved into a player that I never expected when he first arrived at College Park. He looked like he was going to be a slashing, wing player (kinda hybrid of Johnny Rhodes and Exree Hipp), but he has proven himself to be a very talented and versatile player. He will do anything Gary asks him to do, and that has paid of big time. Of all of the Terps on the current roster, I think his game is most tailored for professional basketball. He has great court awareness, an extremely reliable jumper, and a tenacity that every great player seems to have.

Landon will probably always play second fiddle to Vasquez, but his consistant play is probably this team's greatest asset.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 28, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Another over-the-top attack. "Never" make sense? "Never" relevant?

Poopy is often on point and also funny. He brings some life to this board.

Unlike certain other Hitler Youth Members...

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Only a total imbecile would call a Jewish person a "Hitler Youth Member". But then again, we are talking about Petecard here... Not exactly Einstein.

It goes without saying that Petecard is not an intelligent person. So should we be surprised that he would begin his thoughts complaining about "over-the-top attacks" and then actually conclude by comparing me to a Hitler Youth Member? We all know you're an idiot Petecard, but you're not really THAT stupid are you?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

i dont often post here, i prefer to just sit on the sidelines and observe the antics of the rest of you on the site. i follow all the different handles and barno, while i do appreciate a lot of what you say throughout, i think that this is a good example of action i dont necessarily agree with. no one on this post attacked you, and so you brought up a past, albeit recent, comment and attacked that. i think you look for a fight. the attacks on your personality will come, theres no reason to bring up that quote by petecard on this particular article.

that said, on to milbourne. as of the last projected drafts and such that i looked at, milbourne was projected as a late second round pick. i love having him on the team, i love that he'll do anything and everything the team needs and gary asks him. i love that you dont notice he's having a good game, until you look up and see that he quietly has 16 points. he kind of reminds me of mouton. though more talented. and on a less talented team. but they seem to have the same team first mentality.

Posted by: aubartolomei | January 28, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

aubartolomei, it looks like Petecard's Hitler comment was posted by him last night, so why shouldn't Barno1 bring it up today? I find calling someone a Hitler Youth Member to be disgusting, appalling, and totally offensive. Petecard should be blocked from this site for saying something like that. Anyone who defends his ignorant comments has some real growing up to do.

Aside from Petecard, I think everyone on here just needs to get along. We are all Terps fans here (I hope).

Posted by: LilyTerp01 | January 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Aubartolomei-

Point taken, but the only reason I posted it again here is because Petey has a tendency to not respond to comments on old threads...that's all.

As for Milbourne, I'm in total agreement and I have thought since he was a freshman that he had NBA potential. He certainly is athletic enough and has developed a very solid mid range shot. But I worry that he plays to much power forward and never gets to really play much at his natural position at the 3 spot. That's what he'd be in the NBA or Europe.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Amen Lily Terp...my thoughts exactly. You know you're a moron when you start bringing up Hitler.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I think that anyone who actually is offended by anything posted on a faceless internet messageboard should get their pampers changed.

Does anyone REALLY think barno1 (or anyone else for that matter) is really part of a Hitler Youth Member? Especially since barno1 is around his mid-40's or so?

And what grown adult has a personalized "Captain Chaos" jersey anyway? It may work for Butters, but for a grown adult, not so much.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll also say that in one of his previous posts Larry31 did a pretty decent job of trying to summarize how I (can't speak for others) feel about the UMD program.

Of course, I want Final-4's and BCS bowl games every year, though. :)

But for some that's just asking too much.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 28, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Mid 40s? Hah. Not close, Poop...not close.

I love the guy who named himself after feces complaining about it not being "grown up" enough to have a Cooley #47 jersey with Cooley's nickname on it. This is like saying it's not grown up to have a MJ jersey with "Air Jordan" on the back.

Proving for the ten thousandth time that engaging Poopy is completely pointless. Guy tries so hard to make a pertinent, relevant comment, but no matter how hard he tries he just can't seem to do it.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

what jersey are you going to wear next year when cooley is in tampa?

I like Milbourne a lot, but I think he goes the same route as Mouton. No NBA for him.

Posted by: jpfterps | January 28, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The "Cooley will be traded because we have Fred Davis" claim is entirely fan-generated. I don't see any merit to it, but if you want we can double or nothing our Arenas/Wiz bets.

And I loved Mouton, but he didn't have nearly the athleticism or jump shot that Milbourne has.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, the Hitler comment is offensive to me and probably most sensible people. There are just some things you don't joke about.

And anyway didn't Petecard recently get all up in arms at Barno1's billy madison comments? Petecard can be offended at a funny line from a movie directed at him but none of us can be offended by Petecard comparing a someone to Hitler? That makes no sense. You're trying to have it both ways.

Posted by: LilyTerp01 | January 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Lily Terp, you are making a lot of sense. Unfortunately you are not engaging with someone that is capable of offering logical responses.

I recommend just ignoring him.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I've posted a few times that if LM was deployed at 3 as opposed to 4, he would be all-ACC (and more than a few have posted agreement to this if you haven't posted it yourselves). Then again GW has won more than 600 games at the college level than I have and won a NC with 6'8" LB at 5 (and 6'11" Wilcox & Holden at 4). LM is one of those guys who improved year over year in the system which I love to see. GV seems to have taken a quantum leap forward over these last few games as well in terms of his decision making and shot selection. If the Terps make it to the FF, LM's & GV's dreft status will likely improve dramatically. As I've stated before, I am NOT an NBA fan as it is not so much a sports league as much as it is a conspiracy...and lets face it, most in-season ACC games are more compelling a game in the NBA championship series. I am far more concerned anout how a Terp performs at the university moreso than how successful they are in the NBA. That said, not making it in the NBA and having a long and fruitful career in Europe is one heck of a nice consolation prize. I hope for the best for LM and am certain he will have a great life as professional basketball player regardless of where he plays.

And I love his stoic demeanor. He was the same when GW was getting bashed during the middle of last season on recruiting.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | January 28, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually Lily (no offense) but I take the road that either it's okay to make fun of any/everything. It's either that nothing is off-limits or everything is off-limits.

Much like the South Park episode about Family Guy/Muhammad. Which I think was actually on last night.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Much like when Greiviswas moved from the point guard position to the 2, Landon has improved dramatically as a 4. With his shooting ability, especially outside the arc, many teams now have to respect him and guard him more carefully, which will open up more opportunities for Vasquez, Hayes, and other teammates to get open.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | January 28, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

ecglofelty, Grievis was only briefly moved to the 2 and he played much worse there. It was only when he returned to the point guard spot beginning with the UNC game last year that his play improved.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

barno,
yes, it was an egregious and terrible thing to write, but my question to you is that if these people are completely incapable of logic and reasoning with, then why bother responding? i guess, why get sucked into a pointless argument? (sidenote, yes, i do realize that i am now sucked into at least a discussion, i wouldnt call it an argument) personally, i feel like you shouldnt feel the need to defend yourself against someone calling you a member of hitler's youth. no ones going to agree with that sentiment. you advocate ignoring people and then dont take your own advice. but alas, thats your choice. perhaps you just like confrontation. i think im going to retire back to the sidelines and let you kids continue to argue.

Posted by: aubartolomei | January 28, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Completely agree that Milbourne would flourish as a 3. You have to respect that he's never complained about it. A lunch pail player with a sweet mid-range shot. But no way he's only 205 lbs. If Greivis can learn to contain himself for 40 minutes, Maryland has the players to win the ACC in what seems to be a down year for the conference. And though he may drive us crazy with some of the stuff he does, the kid plays hard and does a lot of little things. There's a reason he plays 38 minutes a game.

Posted by: jchuret | January 28, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

If I offended some my apologies. I was merely making a point that Barno sets himself up as the "thought police" of this site and attacks people often gratuitously and personally.

If I offended a few of you I am sorry. It may have been an insensitive choice. That apology does not extend to Barno.

Posted by: petecard | January 29, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Petecard, quoting a Billy Madison line in reference to something you said is not a personal attack. Calling a Jewish person a member of a Hitler Youth Movement is a personal attack, and idiotic.

I am not the thought police. You've relentlessly attacked a lot of good people on this Maryland team and were proven wrong beyond any doubt, so I have called you out on those attacks. Doing so is not a personal attack.

And while this may indeed be a personal attack, it is also a fact: You are not intelligent

Posted by: Barno1 | January 29, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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