Gary: Virginia Tech was a bad, unexpected loss. Miami, unfortunately, was pretty much expected. What's your best guess right now -- can Maryland regroup, win at Wake Forest and against Clemson, making it hard for the committee not to select them, or are they toast?
Don Markus: From what I saw at Miami, I think it's going to take a lot for Maryland to regroup. But from years of covering Gary Williams' teams at Maryland, and even watching them from a distance, he is at his best with his back to the wall. But given how limited his options are right now off the bench, and how erratic all of his starters have been this season, I think it's going to be pretty difficult unless they suddenly get it back as quickly as they seemingly have lost it.
Bill: How many minutes do you think Jerome Burney should be getting, and what should his role be?
Don Markus: Before Saturday, which is the first I saw him play any extended time, I would say that he was probably getting as many minutes as he deserved -- none. But after seeing some of the things he did on Saturday against Miami in terms of his athleticism and physicality, the question I have is: why hasn't this guy received this opportunity before? Williams said after the game that Burney has played well in practice the past two weeks. If that's the case, why didn't he get in against Virginia Tech when James Gist and Bambale Osby got into foul trouble? If Burney continues to play as he did in Miami, I think he should be the first big forward in the game ahead of Braxton Dupree and Dave Neal, and possibly the first big man ahead of Shane Walker. And I take back the line I had in the paper about Burney resembling Joe Smith in jersey number only.
Chad: Landon Milbourne seems to be a real X-factor. I feel the Terps are better when he's aggressively looking for his shot. Do you think he defers to Greivis Vasquez and Gist too much because of his inexperience?
Don Markus: Milbourne has quietly put together a pretty solid, if still up and down, sophomore year. Considering how little time he received as a freshman, I thought it would take longer. I think because of Gist's experience and Vasquez's personality, Milbourne does defer too much at times. But Miami was a pretty good indication that he's willing to take the shots if they're there (he took 16). He also has to know when he's not having a great shooting game (he made only five against the Hurricanes).
Greg: What do the Terps have to do the rest of the way to get to the NCAA tourney?
Don Markus: I think it's pretty clear that they have to beat Clemson and either Wake Forest or Virginia. If they beat Clemson but lose the other two, I would think they have to win at least one game in the ACC tournament. If they beat Wake and Virginia, but lose to Clemson, it might be good enough if the other teams in the running suddenly stop winning. But just as the Terps went cold, Miami and Virginia Tech have gotten hot. It should make for one of the most interesting and meaningful ACC tournaments in recent memory.