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Terps search for perspective, answers

The list of likely New Year's resolutions for the Maryland men's basketball team (rebounding better, defending with more precision, playing with more emotion from the opening tip, etc.) senior forward Landon Milbourne came up with a simpler idea following Wednesday night's loss to William & Mary.

"I think we just have to figure out how to have more fun," Milbourne said. "I don't think a lot of our guys are having fun out there. You know, fun usually starts on the defensive end. When we get stops and fast breaks, then we start getting dunks, then we start making good plays and things like that to get the crowd into it. But we haven't really done much of that this year. And until we can figure out how to have fun and get ourselves up to play defense, we're going to be flat and we're going to have a lot of flat plays and the crowd's going to be silent and no emotion. We just have to figure out ways to have fun. Basketball is supposed to be a fun game, and you know, it's just something that we have to do."

Understandably, no Maryland coach or player was in a particularly good mood following the loss to the Tribe. The Terrapins admittedly did not play well on either end of the court, and many deficiencies became further evident with just one game remaining before the start of conference play.

Maryland Coach Gary Williams said players and coaches should have self-doubts after a loss such as the one the Terrapins suffered Wednesday. That, he said, is the first step in improving as a team. In terms of what a coach tells his players in such circumstances, Williams said he would focus on the bigger picture.

"You tell your team that this is the 12th game of the year," said Williams, whose team is 8-4. "If it's a good year, you play 34, 35 games, so everything's ahead of us, and we're going to work hard to be a better team the next time we play. As far as worrying about anybody, the team you worry about is your next game, UNC-Greensboro. That's who we play next. The other stuff will be there; we've got plenty of time to prepare for it. And that's where we are."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 1, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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The team is in a FOG fog!

Imagine contemplating playing with emotion and having fun.

Here is the only real issue: TALENT

But at least we have another 20 +/- games to play. "So everything's ahead of us."


Posted by: petecard | January 1, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Even I don't know what's going on with this team. With GV back I thought we'd be borderline Top 25 and hopefully make the Sweet 16. Our scholarships are bunched up into two consecutive classes though its not as bad as it once was with some early departures. This is the 2nd Sr/Jr cycle since the NC. The first being NCM/McCray./Garrison backed up by Strawberry's class. If this team doesn't rally to make the tourney surely Gary must go this year. He is starting to embarrass himself.

Posted by: restonhoops | January 2, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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