The Washington Times - January 20, 2009, 09:37AM

An amusing point came up during a discussion with TerpCenter’s Seth Hoffman yesterday – just how many dunks does Maryland have this season? And who, other than Landon Milbourne and Adrian Bowie, has managed any?

Thanks to the wonders of online play-by-play listings, you can create as close to a full accounting as possible of any sort of play. That includes dunks, which are helpfully listed as something other than “made layup” or “made field goal”

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And through 17 games, the Terrapins have all of 18 dunks. The player-by-player rundown:

Landon Milbourne: 6
Adrian Bowie: 4
Jerome Burney: 2
Braxton Dupree: 1
Dino Gregory: 1
Eric Hayes: 1
Jin Soo Kim: 1
Sean Mosley: 1
Cliff Tucker: 1

By comparison, here’s a game in the not-too-distant past that Maryland had nine dunks. Against an ACC team. That was two years removed from a Final Four appearance.

OK, that’s a bit unfair, since that was Maryland’s national title year and happened to coincide with The Year Carolina Was Terrible. And just like then, a dunk is worth the same as a sweet mid-range jumper off a screen, so it’s not like it is a competitively telling stat.

What it does reflect to some extent is the absence of high-percentage shots for Maryland. Given the struggles the offense has endured at times this season, the dearth of dunks certainly is indicative of a much larger challenge the Terps are facing this season.

Patrick Stevens