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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.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 6, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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"And that would put Maryland fans in the position of having to root for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels."

No, we'll just be rooting AGAINST Duke as always.

Kind of like hoping the Eagles or Giants beat the Cowboys.

Posted by: mcasady | March 6, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Maryland doesn't have to win to retain a share of the conference title if Duke loses as well. Virginia and North Carolina should be up for this game big time. I'm hoping NC knocks off Duke and the Terps win, but you never know. Virginia has some good players and have shown some skills this year. Both games should be interesting for fans of all four teams.

Posted by: tojo45 | March 6, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Just a stat to give us hope for an outright title. Since the 2004-2005 season Duke has lost their last regular season game every year to UNC. This class has never beaten UNC, @ CAMERON!

Posted by: bmdugan95 | March 6, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Ratface against wussy-boy. If only there were a way for them both to lose!

Posted by: SmittyATL | March 6, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It seems that Milbourne hasnt been getting open for his shot like he did earlier in the season. Defenses are looking to guard him in the 10-12 foot range better and pushing him further out, out of his range. Id like to see our guards penetrating and kicking to him on the wing or at the free throw line for his shot more. He reminds me of Rodney Elliott, who was money from the free throw line all senior year. Milbourne prefers the shot from the elbow though.

Posted by: apeirond | March 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Any chance to root against Duke is a good day in my book.. terps need to come out very precise with all cylinders clicking so they do not have to dig out of a hole.. run the offense if there is not a great shot on the transition break away..would love to see DUKE humiliated on ESPN tonight by a sub par UNC team... will tune in at 9 tonight ...GO terps!
Mom of two terp grads

Posted by: whatbull | March 6, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Any chance to root against Duke is a good day in my book.. terps need to come out very precise with all cylinders clicking so they do not have to dig out of a hole.. run the offense if there is not a great shot on the transition break away..would love to see DUKE humiliated on ESPN tonight by a sub par UNC team... will tune in at 9 tonight ...GO terps!
Mom of two terp grads

Posted by: whatbull | March 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

According to the Sun, Landesberg will not play the today or the rest of the season due to being suspended for academic problems.

Posted by: fellowfan | March 6, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Way to be a leader, Landesberg.

Posted by: carmines757 | March 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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