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A Look Back: Landon Milbourne

 

So over the next few days I’m posting a little reflection piece on each of the three Terp seniors from this year’s squad.

Let’s begin a 6’7″ forward…from Roswell, Georgia…#1…Landon Milbourne!!! 

I don’t remember much of Landon during his freshman year. He didn’t get much playing time because MD was all set with Bombale “Boom” Osby, Ekene Ibekwe, and James Gist playing the forward positions.

But with the graduation of Mike Jones, D.J. Strawberry, and Ikene Ibekwe, it opened up a spot for Milbourne to get significantly more playing time in the 2007-08 year. He went from playing in 16 games to 33. His minutes shot up from just under 5 a game to 24.7. And although averaging just 8.2 ppg, he was a very solid 79% from the foul line and 39% from beyond the arc.

It was that year that he had a very impressive dunk against Florida State that I will always remember. He got the rock and from the triple threat position hesitated left and then zoomed left as Osby set in what in all honesty look like a moving screen. But nontheless Milbourne went along the baseline and slammed it in right over a helpless Uche Echefu. The Comcast Center just erupted after that dun. Here is a link to a video of the slam.

Even more improvement came in his junior year as well as an increased role helping out Dave Neal in the post. With the loss of Gist and Osby Landon naturally increased his rebounding totals. He averaged 5.2 over the course of the season and grabbed 11 total in a winning effort at Wake Forest.

Once again a certain dunk of his stands out in my mind from this season. It was a home game on Valentine’s day vs. Virginia Tech. This dunk originated out of a fast break. Milbourne was running down the court parallel to the ball handler, Cliff Tucker. Tucker dishes it and Landon gets it right around the foul line. He rose up and as he was flushing with his left arm extended, Hokie senior A.D. Vassallo attempted to get a body on him but ended up getting sucked into the wrong end of a thunderous finish. Check out the vid.

And this past season he started out ACC play with a very consistent scoring output. He scored in double digits in 7 of the Terrapins first 8 conference games. However Mr. Milbourne’s point totals took a dip down the stretch run of the regular season but he was still was a major factor in the team finishing the season winning 9 of 10 and claiming a share of the regular season conference championship.

He grabbed 7 boards, and scored 19 while going a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe in the team’s first round NCAA tournament win over Houston.

Congrats Landon Milbourne on a fantastic career as a Maryland Terrapin!!!!!!

Big Win for UMD

Mar. 1, 2009, 9:59 PM

Wow what a tremendous win for Gary Williams and the Maryland Terps. They really needed a victory tonight against N.C. State to keep their hopes of a NCAA Tournament bid alive, and they were able to get the win at RBC Center by a score of 71-60. Junior guard Greivis Vasquez led the Terps with 33 points, and scored 21 of them in the second half.

The win was only the second one to come on the road this year for Maryland. The other one came exactly three weeks ago when they were able to topple Georgia Tech in an ugly game in Atlanta.

At one point in the first half, it looked like all the Terps wanted to shoot were three-pointers. Which was fine because Vasquez, Dave Neal, and Eric Hayes were all making their shots.

Maryland trailed only once the entire game, that was after Wolfpack forward Tracy Smith was able to sink a fadeaway with 9:21 remaining in the 2nd half and draw a foul from Dino Gregory. Tracy hit his foul shot to make the score 49-47.

On Maryland’s very next possession, Cliff Tucker drained a three-pointer to steal the lead right back, making the score 50-49.

N.C. State was able to tie it up two more times in the second half before Maryland pulled away down the stretch with a pair of big shots beyond the arc from Vasquez and Neal.

Maryland has now won four of their past six, this is the perfect time for them to be hitting their stride.

–Up Next: Maryland has one day to prepare #13 Wake Forest. They host them this Tuesday night at Comcast Center. I don’t expect the Terps to win this one but marks my words, if they do, they will absolutely have a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament

Week in Review: 2/23-2/26

Feb. 26, 2009, 10:33 PM

It’s time for another edition of the Week in Review.

~I have a few links regarding Wednesday night’s Duke-Maryland game. This first one is from Dan Steinberg’s blog on washingtonpost.com He goes into detail about how the Maryland students love to taunt Jon Scheyer and his facial expressions. There was even a Facebook group titled “Operation Scheyerface v2.0” to coordinate all of the fun. On the front page of the group, users can print out six different faces of Mr. Scheyer. They did that to the fullest extent the other night.

-In addition to the mass producing of Jon Scheyer’s face, some students got a hold of the phone numbers for the rooms that Duke players were in at the Greenbelt Marriott near College Park.

-And in case you missed it or just want to see it again, below is the clip of Dave Neal’s devastating screen on Nolan Smith.

-Tiger Woods made his return to golf after after a nine month absence on Wednesday, and there were two funny ads on the Golf Channel. There was a Nike one that I posted in my last entry. The other ad was from the PGA Tour, and you can watch it is below:

-Yesterday, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com made note of a little war of words between ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. The two were discussing who will be drafted number one in this year’s NFL Draft during an episode of Sportscenter.

-The NBA is concerned about some of it’s teams not being able to handle the effects of the economy, and they are reportedly set to borrow $175 million.

-Earlier this week at the NFL Combine, the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen ran his annual 40 yard dash. I believe this is the third year in a row he has done this. Notice the red Under Armour kicks haha.

-And on Monday we learned that the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen will be the subject of a reality show on the new MLB network this season. The show, called “The Pen”, will make it’s debut on June 1.


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