Maryland Terrapins- Getting Inside

The University of Maryland's mens basketball team has won four straight games to capture first place in the ACC.


Maryland has been the ACC's most consistent team early this conference season, and senior Landon Milbourne has been perhaps its most consistent player.

The 6-foot-7 forward takes a streak of nine consecutive double-digit scoring performances into a crucial road trip for the Terrapins (14-5). Milbourne has always teased with his combination of athleticism, shooting touch and a calm demeanor.

But maybe his best offensive stretch at Maryland has coincided with the Terps' best conference start since 2002-03. Maryland puts a 4-1 ACC mark and a four-game winning streak on the line in Sunday's game at Clemson, which was ranked 21st in the most recent coaches' poll.

Milbourne is averaging 16.7 points on 57.4 percent shooting over the last nine games. Maryland coach Gary Williams said the additions of big men Jordan Williams and James Padgett, both freshmen, have freed the senior to fill more of an inside-outside role on offense.

"Landon doesn't have to do everything inside," Gary Williams said. "Last year, Landon basically wound up a lot of times being our big guy, and this year that's not true. ... He's stretched the court a little bit and made it harder to guard him."

Contributions like those will be key for the Terps to extend their winning streak to five at Clemson, loser of three in a row.

MARYLAND 81, MIAMI 59: Landon Milbourne and Greivis Vasquez scored 16 points apiece to lead four double-digit scorers for Maryland as the Terps took sole possession of first place in the ACC Tuesday.

Eric Hayes and Sean Mosley each added 10 points for the Terrapins.

Maryland (14-5, 4-1) used a 12-2 start to take control from the jump and never trailed the Hurricanes. The Terps took twice as many shots as Miami before halftime thanks to 14 forced turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

The Terrapins shot 50.9 percent from the field while holding the Hurricanes to 38.3 percent and won the rebounding battle 35-29.


--Three-point shooting has been a key to Maryland's early success in conference play. The Terps were 6 of 13 from long range against N.C. State. Earlier, they were 10 of 16 in a win over Florida State, 8 of 18 in an overtime loss at Wake Forest, and 7 of 12 in a rout of Boston College.

--Defense was a key factor for the Terps against N.C. State. The Terps held the visitors to 36.4 percent shooting for the game (27.8 in the second half), and the 64 points were 18 points under what the 'Pack had averaged in the previous three games against ACC foes.

ON THE SPOT: The Terrapins are focused on playing well with the lead after seeing large advantages evaporate on occasion last season. In their first meeting with Miami last year, the Terps blew a 17-point edge in the second half in a 62-60 loss. Sean Mosley admitted he was thinking about that game Tuesday when Maryland went into halftime leading the Hurricanes by 17. But unlike last year, the Terps piled it on in the second half. Maryland coach Gary Williams said that has been an emphasis this year -- not relaxing with the lead, continuing to defend aggressively and doing the same things his team did to move ahead early.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We can't get too happy, and we can't get too low. We've got to be in the middle. We've got to continue to finish strong and work hard, just like in practice." -- Senior G Greivis Vasquez, on the team's mindset after gaining a share of the ACC lead.


SEASON RECAP: Maryland improved to 4-1 in the conference and 14-5 overall with the win over Miami. A key lesson learned was that the Terps built their first-half lead over the 'Pack with Greivis Vasquez scoring only two of his 19 points for the game in the first 20 minutes.

PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- F Landon Milbourne, F Jordan Williams, G Eric Hayes, G Sean Mosley, G Greivis Vasquez. Key Subs -- F Dino Gregory, F James Padgett, G/F Cliff Tucker, G Adrian Bowie.


Maryland 73, Boston College 57

Maryland 106, Longwood 55

Maryland 88, North Carolina State 64

Maryland 81, Miami 59


at Clemson, Sunday, Jan. 31

at Florida State, Thursday, Feb. 4

vs. North Carolina, Sunday, Feb. 7

vs. Virginia, Wednesday, Feb. 10

IN FOCUS: The Clemson game features two teams streaking in opposite directions -- Maryland has won four in a row and Clemson has lost its last three games.


--Senior G Greivis Vasquez moved into sixth on Maryland's career scoring list, passing Lonny Baxter (1999-2002), who had 1,858 in his career. Vasquez has 1,863 career points.

--Senior F Landon Milbourne shot 7-for-10 from the field and is shooting 70 percent over his last three games. He has made 21 of 30 attempts during that stretch.

--Sophomore G Sean Mosley has now scored in double digits in each of the last three games after enduring a four-game stretch when he scored eight or fewer in each contest. He is averaging 14.7 points over the last three and 12.5 points per game overall this season.

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