The Washington Times - November 8, 2007, 09:55AM

\ But there are a few things that bear watching as the Terps head into their season opener Sunday against North Florida. Here’s five likely trends to keep an eye on:\


\ 1. Landon Milbourne is going to make a difference. When the Terps’ offense wasn’t working early on, he was the guy who created some things. Sure, he’ll miss the opener, but he could be a fun player to watch develop.\

\ 2. The Terps are going to trap. There wasn’t too much full-court pressure last night, but Maryland suffocated its inferior foe in half-court sets. The Terps forced 27 turnovers, and with so much offense gone from last year, they could use an easy 10-15 points a night directly off opponents’ giveaways.\

\ 3. Braxton Dupree will play a lot. This doesn’t just go for Sunday’s game, when Dupree has a chance to start in place of James Gist. The freshman is still finding his way, but he’s strong and brawny and will probably be a solid complementary part in his first season.\

\ 4. Adrian Bowie will play even more. Bowie is a classic Gary Williams player, an aggressive guy who can play defense. He and Cliff Tucker both look like they will turn out to be significant factors in the rotation this year.\

\ 5. Eric Hayes will shoot more. This isn’t much of a leap. The sophomore scored 12 points last night (that was his season-high last year) and took six shots (a total he matched only five times last season). Hayes looks ready to be more assertive in the offense.\

\ —- Patrick Stevens