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Your Monday Reality Check-Turgeon Deserving Of Praise With Work To Do

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Your Monday Reality Check-Turgeon Deserving Of Praise With Work To Do

Posted on 12 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

On Friday’s edition of “The Reality Check”, Ryan Chell and I decided to put together a Maryland Terrapins season ending report card. After the Terps’ loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, it was easy to assume the basketball season was over in College Park.

That assumption proved accurate Sunday night, as the NIT failed to extend an invite to the Terps as expected. The University of Maryland declined to participate in the lesser known postseason CBI Tournament due to the financial model that forces schools to pay for participation. (Three schools from BCS conferences-Washington State, Pitt and Oregon State all accepted CBI bids.)

It’s a long winded way to say the season is over. The Terps finished 17-15 in Mark Turgeon’s first season since taking over for the retired Gary Williams, surpassing the expectations of many while still falling short of the expectations of others.

In our Report Card segment Friday, I graded Turgeon’s job in year one as a “B”. I noted the lack of both quality and quantity in Maryland basketball players that Turgeon was forced to deal with partly due to the late timing of Williams’ retirement announcement. Not only did Maryland lose All-ACC Center Jordan Williams to the NBA, they also lost F Haukur Palsson to a pro turn in Europe. Turgeon was only able to retain one from Williams’ three-man recruiting class (G Nick Faust) although he made up for that in part with a late commitment from C Alex Len.

(I point all of this out because some Maryland fans have decided to “blame” Gary Williams for the state of the program. They’re only telling half of the story.)

Len’s 10 game suspension to start the season and PG Pe’Shon Howard’s 18 missed games due to injury made an already difficult situation nearly impossible. Entering the season, there was legitimate reason to fear a “bottoming out” of sorts for the Maryland program.

While those fears never came to fruition, the team never fully came together. Sophomore G Terrell Stoglin at times carried the Terps during a 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference campaign, but often proved to be as much of the problem as the solution. Len never showed progress during his freshman campaign, Senior G Sean Mosley offered valuable leadership but never overwhelmed with his play on the floor. The only player that showed marked progress was Faust, who was named to the league’s All-Rookie team.

All of these were contributing factors in grading the job Turgeon did this season. It was a tough campaign, but it could have been significantly worse. Turgeon deserves credit for keeping the program afloat and avoiding any true embarrassment. (Only a late season loss at Georgia Tech stands out as a head shaker due to the opponent and Maryland’s most lopsided defeats came at the hands of NCAA Tournament participants like UNC, Duke, Virginia, Florida State, Alabama and Iona.)

Nearly five hundred words in, it’s time to look to the future. While Turgeon is absolutely deserving of praise for how he kept this Maryland team together in his first season, the coach offered a noteworthy thought Sunday night via Twitter.

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The Reality Check Maryland Terrapins Season Ending Report Card

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The Reality Check Maryland Terrapins Season Ending Report Card

Posted on 09 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

After the Terps’ 85-69 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, it is a safe assumption that the season is over. With that in mind, Ryan and I decided to take some time Friday to offer grades to each scholarship player (and the head coach) of the Terps after their 17-15 campaign.

Of course, you probably already knew that because you listen every day…

Backcourt…

Terrell Stoglin

Glenn Clark B, Ryan Chell B-

Nick Faust

Glenn B-, Ryan B

Sean Mosley

Glenn C+, Ryan B-

Pe’Shon Howard

Glenn B-, Ryan C

Mychal Parker

Glenn D-, Ryan D-

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Terps Open ACC Tournament Thursday Against Wake

Posted on 08 March 2012 by WNST Staff

#8 Maryland (16-14, 6-9) vs. #9 Wake Forest (13-17, 4-12)
Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Noon | Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
ACC Network-WNUV 54 locally in Baltimore | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland opens play in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in a first-round matchup with Wake Forest. The Terrapins beat the Demon Deacons, 70-64, on Jan. 11 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams this year.Terrell Stoglin had 20 points, with James Padgett and Sean Mosley adding 15 each in the victory that marked the first league game of the year at Comcast Center.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin earned second team All-ACC honors on Monday in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Stoglin remains atop the list of scoring leaders in the league with a 21.2 points-per-game average. He had 25 points in the last game of the regular season on Sunday against Virginia, becoming only the third Terrapin in history to reach 1,000 career points in only his second season.

Nick Faust earned a spot on the 2012 ACC All-Freshman Team on Monday. Faust has averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in the seven games since he returned to the starting lineup after the season-ending injury to Pe’Shon Howard. It marked the third straight season the Terps have put a student-athlete on the league’s All-Freshman Team (Jordan Williams in 2010, Stoglin in 2011). Faust has six double-figure games in the last seven.

The Terrapins are the eighth seed in the ACC Tournament for the sixth time. Maryland is 5-3 in matchups with Wake Forest, including five straight victories. The Terps lost their first three tournament meetings with the Demon Deacons (1954, 1961, 1963), but turned things around with a win in the 1973 semifinals. The other wins have come in 1984, 2001, 2004 and 2009.

Scouting the Demon Deacons

Wake Forest finished the regular season 13-17 overall with a 4-12 mark in the ACC, getting its four conference wins over Virginia Tech, Boston College and Georgia Tech at home and also defeating BC in Chestnut Hill.

The Demon Deacons possess two of the top-six scorers in the conference in guard C.J. Harris and forward Travis McKie… Harris is fourth in the league with 16.8 ppg and is also the team’s top 3-point shooter, having connected on 48-of-111 attempts (.432) this season… McKie is sixth in the conference with 15.9 ppg and is averaging a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game.

Wake is the best free-throw shooting team in the league (.736), led by Harris (.856) and McKie (.730)… Sophomore guard Tony Chennault is third on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) and has a team-high 85 assists… Fifth-year senior forward Nikita Mescheriakov is fourth on the team with 7.7 ppg.

Upcoming

The winner of the opening first-round game will face top-seeded North Carolina at noon in Friday’s quarterfinals.

The Terrapins are in the top half of the bracket, meaning they would play in the 1 p.m. semifinal, with the championship game also scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Follow the Entire Tournament

First-round coverage of all four games on Thursday will also be available on ESPNU nationally, with blackouts in the ACC geographic footprint.

Fans can also follow the tournament on Twitter: @ACCmbb, with hashtag #ACCTRNY

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Maryland Hopes For Stunner Wednesday at Carolina

Posted on 29 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (16-12, 6-8) at #6/6 North Carolina (25-4, 12-2)
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Chapel Hill, N.C. (Smith Center)
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland ends a busy February on the road in its rematch with league-leading North Carolina at 7 p.m. in a nationally televised game in Chapel Hill. Maryland lost 83-74 at Comcast Center on 2/4, but led by nine points early in the second half.
  • The Terrapins lost 63-61 at Georgia Tech in their last outing, falling to eighth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings with a 6-8 league mark. The Terps have lost seven of their eight road games this season, but are only one game out of a tie for sixth. The Tar Heels are tied atop the league standings with Duke at 12-2.
  • Currently at 16-12, Maryland is in line advance its string of consecutive winning seasons to 19. The last time a Terrapin team finished below .500 was 1992-93, when the Terps went 12-16 in the final year of crippling NCAA sanctions. Each school in the ACC has had a losing season since the Terps (including Duke 13-18 in 1995, UNC 8-20 in 2002).
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring at 21.2 ppg and was 7th in the nation through last Sunday’s games. He is 6 points away from 600 for the season, which could be the 19th time a Terrapin player reached that plateau. He is 30 points away from becoming only the third Terrapin to reach 1,000 career points in only his second season at the school (Joe Smith, 1993-95; Tom McMillen, 1971-73).
  • Junior forward James Padgett has 97 offensive rebounds this season and is only a few away from becoming only the eighth Terp in history to grab 100 on the offensive glass in a single season. His 3.5 offensive rpg is second in the league only behind UNC’s Tyler Zeller (3.8 rpg).

    Scouting the Tar Heels

  • North Carolina is 25-4 and 12-2 in the ACC, having won 10 of its last 11 games… The Tar Heels are ranked sixth in the nation in both the Associated Press Poll and the Coaches Poll.
  • Averaging 45.9 rpg, North Carolina possesses the top rebounding team in the nation and the third-best scoring offense with an average of 81.9 points per game… The Tar Heels lead the conference in several statistical categories including scoring margin (15.8), rebounding margin (11.4), blocks per game (6.2), and assists per game (17.6), while ranking second in FG percentage (.462), FG percentage defense (.386), and defensive rebounding percentage (.722).
  • Sophomore forward Harrison Barnes leads the team and ranks second in the ACC in scoring at 17.7 ppg, while senior Tyler Zeller is contributing 15.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg… 6-foot-11 junior John Henson leads the ACC in rebounds per game with 10.4, while adding 14 points a game for the Tar Heels… Henson also leads the conference in blocks with 3.1 per game.
  • Sophomore Kendall Marshall is one of the top point guards in the nation, averaging 9.7 assists per game (second nationally) and supplying the nation’s best assists-turnover ratio at 3.6.

    Upcoming

    The Terps return home for Senior Day on Sunday, March 4, for a 2 p.m. matchup with Virginia…

    The Terrapins will leave Tuesday, March 6 for the 2012 ACC Tournament, to be played at Philips Arena in Atlanta, with its open practice day coming on Wednesday.

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Maryland Looks For Back to Back Wins Saturday at Georgia Tech

Posted on 25 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (16-11, 6-7) at Georgia Tech (9-18, 2-11)
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. | Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
ACC Network-WNUV 54 in Baltimore | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland plays a rematch with Georgia Tech in a Saturday-afternoon matinee at Philips Arena. The Terps won, 61-50, in Comcast Center on 1/15 behind 18 points from Sean Mosley. The Terps have won 11 of the last 12 against the Yellow Jackets, with the lone blemish in that run (since 1/30/2005) being a 69-64 loss in the 2010 ACC Tournament.
  • Maryland is in a tie with Clemson for seventh place in the league standings after Tuesday’s 75-70 win over Miami. The Terrapins are a game behind the tie for fifth in the standings between NC State and Miami. Georgia Tech is currently in 12th place in the league with a 2-11 mark, having lost four straight.
  • Junior forward James Padgett tied his career-high with 16 points in Tuesday’s win over Miami. He is averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in the last three games (Terps are 2-1). In that stretch he is shooting .722 from the floor (13-for-18) and .733 from the free-throw line (11-for-15). Maryland is 10-2 this season when he scores in double figures.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring, now with a 21.3 ppg mark. Stoglin is 48 points away from becoming only the third Terrapin in history to score 1,000 points in his first two seasons (Joe Smith, 1993-95; Tom McMillen, 1971-73). Stoglin is 24 points away from becoming the fifth sophomore at Maryland to score at least 600 points in a season.
  • The Terps will attempt to string together back-to-back victories for the first time since defeating Wake Forest (70-64, 1/11) and Georgia Tech (61-50, 1/15). The Terps are 1-6 on the road so far this season, including a 1-5 mark in league games away from home.

    Scouting the Yellow Jackets

  • Georgia Tech is 9-18 overall and 2-11 in the ACC, having dropped 10 of its last 11 games… Most recently the Yellow Jackets fell 56-37 to Clemson at home, dropping their record to 1-7 in home games this year.
  • Leading scorer Glen Rice, Jr. has been suspended the last two games… Rice is the lone Jacket scoring in double figures with 13.0 ppg and is also averaging a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game… Junior guard Mfon Udofia is second on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg) and has a team-high 68 assists.
  • Sophomore forward Kammeon Holsey and sophomore center Daniel Miller are the only two players to have started all 27 games… Holsey is scoring 9.2 ppg while Miller is second in the ACC with 2.4 blocks per game and second on the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.

    Upcoming

    Maryland’s final road game of the regular season and its sixth in the month of February looms on Wednesday against North Carolina in a 7 p.m. tipoff on ESPN… The Terps return home for Senior Day on Sunday, March 4, for a 2 p.m. matchup with Virginia…

    The Terrapins will leave Tuesday, March 6 for the 2012 ACC Tournament, to be played at Philips Arena in Atlanta, with its open practice day coming on Wednesday.

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After Virginia Mess, Win Over Miami Even More Impressive For Terps

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After Virginia Mess, Win Over Miami Even More Impressive For Terps

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK — After the University of Maryland basketball team suffered a disastrous second half letdown in a 71-44 loss at the University of Virginia Saturday, it would have been easy to believe a season ending freefall had begun.

Head coach Mark Turgeon said he only needed 48 hours to believe that wasn’t going to be the case.

“I was so down. There was nothing going on on the bus (after the loss in Charlottesville), there was no one talking except me and I was just yelling at my assistants, just venting to them” Turegon said. “We finished practice (Monday) and we had a great practice. I said ‘you know what? Everybody around here thinks we’re just going to roll over and quit and you showed me today that we’re not.’ I went home and had a great night with my family, enjoyed dinner, slept well, and that’s all you can ask as a coach.”

Turgeon’s intuition proved totally accurate, as his Terrapins rallied from a late deficit Tuesday night to beat Miami 75-70 at Comcast Center. The Terrapins (16-11, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed by five points in the final two minutes of the game, but got big plays from G Sean Mosley and F/C James Padgett to overcome the Hurricanes (16-10, 7-6 ACC). Turgeon called the win the best his team had recorded all season.

“I know the (December) Notre Dame game probably looks like it’s better, but under that circumstance and under this circumstance it was just a great win for out team.”

This circumstance being just days removed from the Terps’ worst performance since an early season beatdown suffered at the hands of Iona in the 5-Hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Maryland scored just 13 points in the second half of their loss at John Paul Jones Arena, looking at times as though a thin roster and lack of NCAA Tournament hopes had combined to suck the life out of the team.

The life returned in a big way Tuesday night, proving Turgeon’s message was still ringing with a thin group of overachieving players.

“If we would have lost this game by, I would have been really, really disappointed, but I would have been really proud of my team.” Turgeon said. “Tonight I really felt the coaching-we’d call a play and they’d actually run it. We changed some things offensively which really helped us. Our guys played as a team. The crowd got into it late. We made all the plays – Sean (Mosley) made a big three, Padgett the and-one, (Freshman G) Nick (Faust) the big steal, we stepped up and made free throws. It was just a great win for us.”

A win over a Tournament bubble team in Miami does not suddenly lift the Terrapins’ postseason hopes, but it likely prevents a young group of players from feeling sorry for themselves and sleepwalking through the end of the season. It might not pay dividends immediately, but it could have a long term effect as Turgeon suggested postgame.

“That’s the kind of win right there that will carry over hopefully for the rest of the year and into the future because we are a young team and we’ve got to learn how to win. And when you win a game like that, you’re learning how to win. And I know our program has won-I understand they won 19 games last year. But this group hasn’t won and so to win a game like that is just going to help our young kids.”

Perhaps the most important of those young kids is Faust, who also said the victory was the biggest of his career.

“I would say this is a win that will carry over. We’ve seen that we can play as a team and overcome. Even when we’re down we can still get back in the game; so this is a win that will carry over.”

While it was Sophomore G Terrell Stoglin (20 points) who again lead the way for the Terrapins, the positive contributions from Padgett (16 points, six boards and the late three point play) and Faust (eight points, eight rebounds and a crucial late steal) offer a bright spot and a building block for players and fans alike moving towards Turgeon’s second season.

The next two or three weeks aren’t likely to be very rewarding for the Maryland program, but the sustained growth from this group could be exactly what is needed to reap rewards in the future.

Either way, it’s a much better feeling than watching a group of players fall apart as they did just three days earlier.

-G

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Padgett Makes Big Three Point Play Late to Lift Terps in Win

Posted on 21 February 2012 by WNST Staff

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Terps Make Quick Turnaround for Saturday Visit to Virginia

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND (15-10, 5-6) AT #22/22 VIRGINIA (19-6, 6-5)
Saturday, February 18, 2012 • 1 p.m. EST
Game #26 • Road Game #7 • Charlottesville, Va. • John Paul Jones Arena
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst)
TV: ACC Network – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)-Locally on WNUV-TV.

• Maryland travels to Charlottesville for its first matchup of the season but the 176th all-time with Virginia, which is currently ranked 22nd in both polls. The Terps are tied with Clemson for seventh in the ACC with a 5-6 mark, just one game behind the fifth-place tie between the Cavaliers and Miami. Maryland and Virginia close the regular season on Sunday, March 4 at Comcast Center in a 2 p.m. matchup.
• Maryland scored its most lopsided victory of the season on Thursday in an 81-65 victory over Boston College. The Terrapins took control with a 14-0 run over a 2:45 stretch of the first half that gave Maryland an 18-10 lead. All 14 of those points were by sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin. The streak extended to a 29-4 run over 7:51 that put Maryland ahead 33-14 with 7:53 left before halftime. Stoglin had 19 of his game-high 24 in the first half.
• Stoglin set the sophomore record for 3-pointers in a season against BC, with his five giving him 68 for the year. Greivis Vasquez had 64 during the 2008 season for the record. Stoglin became the 16th Terrapin with 100 3-pointers in his career in that game and has tied Terence Morris (1995-99) for 15th on the all-time list with 101. Stoglin has accomplished that milestone in only 58 career games.
• Junior forward James Padgett came off the bench against BC for the first time in 14 games and played well. His 15 points (one off his career-high) came on near-perfect shooting, as he went 5-for-5 from the floor and 5-for-6 at the line. Padgett also had eight rebounds for the Terrapins.
• Maryland is in a tight stretch of quick turnarounds, with less than 48 hours between the BC and Virginia games. The Terps play three games in six days, including Tuesday’s home game with Miami.

Scouting the Cavaliers
• No. 22 Virginia enters Saturday’s game with a record of 19-6, including 6-5 in the ACC… However, the Cavaliers have dropped three of their last four and sit in a tie for fifth in the standings… Virginia is 12-1 at home with the lone blemish a 47-45 loss to Virginia Tech on Jan. 22.
• Senior forward Mike Scott, an ACC Player of the Year candidate, leads the team in scoring at 16.9 ppg, third in the league… He is also first in the conference in field-goal percentage (.596) and sixth in rebounding (8.2 rpg)… Sophomore guard Joe Harris is second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg)…. Junior guard Jontel Evans is fifth in the conference in both assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).
• Virginia is the top defensive team in the ACC… The Cavaliers are allowing a league-low 52.2 ppg… Opponents are shooting just 39.2 percent from the fl oor which ranks third in the ACC… The Cavaliers
also shoot the ball well, connecting on 46.1 percent of their field-goal attempts, fourth in the ACC
• Tony Bennett is in his third season as head coach… Prior to his stint there, he spent three seasons as head coach at Washington State, where he led the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Upcoming
Maryland has a little better than a 36-hour turnaround before its 1p.m. tipoff at Virginia on Saturday…The Terps then return home on Tuesday for their rematch against Miami (2/21)… Maryland has five
regular-season games on the schedule, two at home and three on the road… Of the five remaining, three are against nationally ranked teams, including the home-and-home with the Cavaliers.

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Maryland’s concerns over Stoglin eased for now in win over Boston College

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Maryland’s concerns over Stoglin eased for now in win over Boston College

Posted on 17 February 2012 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — If we’ve learned anything about Mark Turgeon in his first year as head coach at Maryland, it’s that he’ll be completely honest with his feelings, no matter how harsh his words might sound at times.

His relationship with sophomore Terrell Stoglin — the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference — can be described as precarious at best, and that was before Stoglin’s blowup on Twitter in which he defiantly questioned being benched late in the second half of Maryland’s 73-55 loss at Duke last Saturday.

Choosing to handle the matter privately in lieu of the suspension many outsiders suggested, Turgeon allowed his best player to play against Boston College on Thursday night as Maryland played one of its most balanced games of the season in an 81-65 victory at Comcast Center.

“It’s a roller coaster,” said Turgeon of his relationship with Stoglin. “There’s no question about it with him. Tonight, I can’t believe how well [he guarded]. He’s giving effort and trying to do everything I say, but it’s a full-time job for me.”

That roller coaster appeared to take a perilous dip last Saturday, with many wondering if Stoglin’s Twitter comments would be the beginning of the end for the player-coach relationship. Even more concerning was the potential impact that might be felt on the entire team, as Stoglin’s not-so-cryptic comments on social media suggested teammates weren’t pleased with Turgeon’s decision to sit him down for a critical stretch against the Blue Devils.

But instead of a potential collapse against a struggling Boston College group that entered the night having lost seven of its last eight games, Maryland played team-style basketball with 15 assists and smothering defense in holding the Eagles to just below 33 percent from the field in the 16-point win, the Terps’ largest margin of victory this season.

“I talked about two things: we talked about discipline on defense and we talked about being together,” Turgeon said. “I don’t like the way we acted at Duke; I don’t like the way we acted after Duke. We just talked about being a team and being a family and being together and doing it for your teammates. I thought we did that.”

Though talking about his entire team, Turgeon might as well have been speaking about Stoglin directly after questioning his defensive effort and shot selection at different points through the season. The sophomore came out of the gate on fire in the first half, connecting on five 3-pointers and scoring 19 points before halftime. However, there were a few ill-advised shots mixed in, including a missed jumper with 27 seconds remaining on the shot clock and under three minutes to go that had Turgeon visibly upset, even after Stoglin followed the miss with an offensive rebound and put-back.

As is always the case with Stoglin, who entered the evening ranked seventh in the nation in scoring, you take the good with the bad. Thursday trended mostly in the positive direction — even if it wasn’t a perfect performance by Turgeon’s standards.

“I thought I did pretty well,” said Stoglin when asked if he agreed with his coach’s praise of his defense. “Coach was still on me; he’s always on me about little things, but other than that, I think I played pretty well on the defensive end.”

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Turgeon’s decision to allow his mercurial star to play against Boston College, there’s no question that the two need each other. Without Stoglin, Turgeon lacks a single consistent scorer he can depend on. On the flip side, Stoglin dreams of one day playing in the NBA, but he needs Turgeon — whether he realizes it or not at this point — to mold him into the well-rounded player he’ll need to be in order to overcome his slight stature at 6-foot-1.

Stoglin needs to understand Turgeon is in charger, and no matter how many outsiders might be telling him how great he is, the head coach will be around College Park much longer than he will.

Fortunately for all parties involved, Maryland leaned on Stoglin early and the sharpshooting guard delivered by scoring 14 straight Maryland points to build an 18-10 lead that the Terps never relinquished. Stoglin gave way to his teammates in the points column in the second half, scoring only five points while forward James Padgett paced Maryland with 15 points after intermission. The body language was positive and the effort remained consistent.

“It makes my job a lot easier when Terrell hits his first shot,” Turgeon said. “If he can get his points early, then he’s not searching for them the whole game. So, he got them early tonight, and I thought in the second half, he really deferred and just tried to help us win the game.”

The strong start — for both Stoglin and the entire team — was exactly what Turgeon needed to defuse what was an ugly scene on Saturday. It certainly doesn’t solve the love-hate nature of the relationship with Stoglin, but cooler heads have seemed to prevail.

Winning solves just about anything.

“Everyone was just playing off each other,” Stoglin said. “I got my three going early, then everyone got their threes going, and we started going inside. We played together as a team, and it was a good win.”

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Maryland Hopes to Stun Duke Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (14-9, 4-5) at #10/9 Duke (20-4, 7-2)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2012 | 4 p.m. | Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland continues its February road trip with its annual trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium to play Duke. The Terrapins started the week Tuesday with a 64-62 victory at Clemson and are in seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils scored a last-second, 85-84 triumph over North Carolina on Wednesday to pull back into a three-way tie for the league lead with the Tar Heels and Florida State.
  • The Terrapins faced Duke earlier in the season, dropping a 74-61 test on 1/25 at Comcast Center. Terrell Stoglin had 16 points and Pe’Shon Howard had 10 to account for the only two Maryland players who scored in double figures. Mason Plumlee had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Devils in that game. Maryland was within five points with eight minutes left, but the Blue Devils pulled away down the stretch.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin has kept up his scoring pace throughout the season. He comes into the Duke game averaging 22.0 ppg and has four straight games with at least 20 points or more. He is the only ACC player to have more than one 30-point game this year (Stoglin has three) and his 17 20-point games are nearly double anyone else in the league (UNC’s Harrison Barnes and C.J. Harris have nine each).
  • Senior forward Sean Mosley had 16 points in the Tuesday win at Clemson. He became the 50th Terrapin in school history with 1,000 career points, hitting the mark with a free throw with 17:20 left in the first half. Mosley is expected to make his 100th career start as a Terrapin against Duke, joining a group of only 15 other players in school history to start that many games.
  • Maryland currently has four players averaging at least five rebounds per game (James Padgett, Alex Len, Ashton Pankey and Mosley). That balance has been achieved at Maryland only once (2004-05) in the last 15 seasons.

    Scouting the Blue Devils

  • Duke is 20-4 overall and tied atop the ACC standings at 7-2 after coming back to defeat North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a buzzer-beater by Austin Rivers… The Blue Devils are ranked ninth in the Coaches Poll and 10th in the Associated Press Poll.
  • Rivers continues to lead the team in scoring at a 15.1 ppg clip and had 29 against the Tar Heels… Guard Seth Curry is scoring 12.7 ppg and shooting .382 from 3FG… Forwards Ryan Kelly (12.7 ppg) and Mason Plumlee (11.5 ppg) represent the third and fourth players averaging double figures, with Plumlee’s 9.9 rebounds per game second in the league.
  • The Blue Devils knocked down 14 3-pointers against North Carolina, and continue to lead the ACC in 3FG made per game (8.2)… Andre Dawkins (.408) and Rivers (.404) lead the team in long-range shooting percentage.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has back-to-back road games at Clemson (2/7) and Duke (2/11) before coming home to face Boston College on 2/16… Five of Maryland’s final eight games are on the road…

    Maryland has four games remaining against nationally ranked teams, including the 2/11 matchup with Duke, two games (away on 2/18 and home on 3/4) against Virginia and a 2/29 return match at North Carolina.

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