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Three things to watch: Milbourne, free throws, Vasquez

The Maryland men's basketball team will host Georgia Tech later this afternoon at Comcast Center. The Yellow Jackets have dropped three of their last five games, while the Terrapins have won four of their last five games. Both could use a win as they attempt to bolster their NCAA tournament resumes. Here are a few things to keep track of during today's contest:

1) Landon Milbourne. Against the Yellow Jackets' sizable frontcourt, Maryland will need the engaged version of Milbourne to show up today. From time to time, Milbourne becomes more reserved if he doesn't get into an offensive flow quickly in games. It's happened far less frequently this season than it did down the stretch last season, and it would bode well for Maryland for Milbourne not to let it happen should he not get into a scoring rhythm early on in today's game. He'll likely be matched up against Georgia Tech forward Gani Lawal (6-foot-9, 234 lbs.), who is averaging 11.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in conference play. Lawal is one of the ACC's top-notch rebounders, and limiting his production on the boards will be one of Milbourne's most crucial tasks. Milbourne has proven capable of thriving against bigger opponents this season, and today's match-up will provide him another opportunity to do so.

2) Free throws. Georgia Tech is, shall we say, not fond of the charity stripe. In ACC play, the Yellow Jackets are shooting 59.9 percent from the free throw line, which ranks last in the conference. So the advantage certainly will be with Maryland should this game be close near the end and decided at the foul line. Maryland ranks fourth in the conference in free throw shooting percentage (72.1 percent) in ACC play.

3) Greivis Vasquez. The senior guard averaged 24.4 points per game in Maryland's last five contests, and he needs just five points today to become the sixth player in program history to tally 2,000 career points. Should he do so -- and it's extremely likely that he will -- Vasquez also will become the first player in ACC history to record 2,000 career points, 700 career assists and 600 career rebounds.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 20, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Those are great numbers by GV. We need him to get off to a good start today and especially to take care of the ball.

Posted by: petecard | February 20, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Remember.... it's all about winning, not numbers.

Posted by: petecard | February 20, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Terps 72 GT 67

Posted by: fushezzi | February 20, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

To all the faithful TI bloggers:

Thanks to Barno, we are all aware of PeteCard's (and others) comments about GV.

Question: Was Pete wrong about GV or has he improved that much in the span of less than a year?

I think he may have even learned to keep his pie hole shut before a game.

Posted by: larry31 | February 20, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear 2009-10 Terps,

Don't ever do that again. I thought for sure our luck had run out after that GV half court heave. Amazing shot Tucker. You did exactly what Mike Jones should've done in the tournament vs. Butler years ago. Same play, different result.

Love it!!!!!

Posted by: fushezzi | February 20, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Cliff Tucker. Sorry Pete, but one more win to end all bubble drama. GV had an off shooting night but delivered at the stripe. AB delivered another clutch 3. Exciting, exciting game.

GTech was impressive.

Beat Clemson. Go Terps.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 20, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I must have woke up the neighbors baby when I screamed on both GV's and CT's shots! Way to go Terp!

Posted by: acseaman | February 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

TUCKERRRRRR!!!

Man, anyone know CPR?

Ups: DG and EH.
Downs: Why DG and EH didn't have more plays run for them.

Posted by: booger1 | February 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a game! I had already called my brother to tell him he needed to watch the replay of this amazing game on ESPN360 after Vasquez's shot at the end that didn't count (since he no longer lives in the area). The ending is just icing on the cake. Great work by both teams, truly a pleasure to watch a tight game like this where both teams played well. Thank goodness we won though. I still feel like my heart is exploding.

Posted by: Hobes | February 20, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hobes -

Send these links to your brother (courtesy of Poopy McPoop) for future viewing. The game was available via the second link today.

http://www.atdhe.net/
http://www.channelsurfing.net/
http://www.justin.tv/directory/sports

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 20, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What a win! That ending has to be seen, explaining it is just to hard. Great to see CT get a turn in the spotlight.

GV and company took care of the ball very well. We got so killed on the boards, which is really tough when we are playing good defense and give them so many multiple chances.

HughG, I know its hard not to count to 10, but 10 won't get us the seed we need. Let's win the ACC title and get a 5 or better seed. We can still do that.

Posted by: petecard | February 20, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Have to give props to Favors. If that kid doesn't turn pro he is going to be hell to deal with...

Posted by: petecard | February 20, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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