Three things to watch: Landesberg, Milbourne and late game
Later today, No. 22 Maryland will take on Virginia in Charlottesville, a place the Terrapins have not won since 2006. But the Terrapins are riding a six-game winning streak and have appeared impervious to anything resembling a trap game this conference season. With a win, Maryland can claim at least a share of the regular season ACC title. Here are a few things to keep track of during today's contest:
1) Sylven Landesberg. The Virginia sophomore guard is dealing with a thigh injury that caused him to miss one game and play through considerable pain in another. Landesberg will play today, but it will be interesting to see how effective he can be. Several of his shots Wednesday night at Boston College were short, which he later attributed to not having his legs at full strength. The Cavaliers have lost eight straight games, and if Landesberg -- their leading scorer -- is not shouldering a majority of the scoring load, it's hard to see how Virginia's anemic offense will score enough points to keep up with Maryland's efficient attack.
2) Landon Milbourne. With the postseason right around the corner, Milbourne represents the one piece that is not clicking for Maryland at the moment. He registered five points and no rebounds Wednesday in 18 minutes against Duke. When he's on, Milbourne can score off his jump shot and in the post. But he hasn't been on very often lately. Perhaps playing against the Cavaliers will provide Milbourne an opportunity to break out of his rut.
3) Late game in Durham. Should the Terrapins beat Virginia, Maryland fans would be wise to tune in for the late game tonight on ESPN between Duke and North Carolina (tip-off scheduled for 9 p.m.). If Maryland wins, a Duke loss would give the Terrapins the ACC regular season title outright and afford Maryland the top seed in next week's ACC tournament. And that would put Maryland fans in the position of having to root for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. So, have fun with that.
March 6, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
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