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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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Maryland Season Likely Over After Loss to Carolina in ACC Tournament

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Maryland Season Likely Over After Loss to Carolina in ACC Tournament

Posted on 09 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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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’s Stoglin named second-team All-ACC, Faust All-Freshman

Posted on 05 March 2012 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Terrell Stoglin earned second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors while Nick Faust was voted onto the ACC All-Freshman team in balloting released Monday by the league office.

Stoglin, a sophomore guard from Tucson, Ariz., finished the regular season as the leading scorer in the league with a 21.2 points-per-game average. He was joined on the second team by Kendall Marshall of North Carolina, Michael Snaer of Florida State, C.J. Leslie of NC State and Erick Green of Virginia Tech.

Should he remain atop the ACC’s scoring list, it would be the sixth time a Maryland player has led the league in scoring. Joe Smith (1995), Walt Williams (1993), Len Bias (1985 & 1986) and Albert King (1980) are the others.

Stoglin was an All-Freshman Team selection a year ago.

Faust, a guard from Baltimore, is among the league’s freshmen leaders in scoring (8.5 ppg), rebounds (4.0 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg). It marks the third straight season a Terrapin has made the All-Freshman Team (Jordan Williams 2010).

Faust is averaging 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in the last eight games since returning to the starting lineup after Pe’Shon Howard’s season-ending knee injury. Faust has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games and seven of the last nine.

He was joined on the All-Freshman Team by Duke’s Austin Rivers, Ryan Anderson of Boston College, Dorian Finney-Smith of Virginia Tech and Shane Larkin of Miami.

Rivers was a first team All-ACC selection and was joined by Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes of North Carolina and Mike Scott of Virginia.

The third team was comprised of Seth Curry of Duke, C.J. Harris of Wake Forest, Lorenzo Brown of NC State, Kenny Kadji of Miami and Mason Plumlee of Duke.

Voting was conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

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The Ledge

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The Ledge

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

When great expectations and poor performances collide, fans, coaches and even players find themselves at the ledge. That uneasy place where the temperature is always rising and the sky is always falling. Here’s a look at who’s on the ledge this week:

 

 

The Saints

 

The Saints are on the ledge over what is quickly coming to be known as “Bounty-Gate”, alleging that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his players and subordinates coordinated a program that rewarded game changing defensive plays of both the legal and illegal variety. Not only is it a circumvention of salary cap rules, more importantly it’s a reward for the type of violence that the NFL has been punishing its players especially hard for over the last few years. The league will be heavily scrutinized over how they choose to punish this, and the ramifications could likely affect Williams current job with the Rams, his former team in Washington and of course the Saints. Punishment is likely to be harsh and swift on this one. Until then, Williams, the Saints, the Redskins, Sean Payton and many others will wait at the ledge.

 

 

UCLA and Ben Howland

 

Last week’s Sports Illustrated expose of Howland’s hands off approach and the out of control program that resulted won’t be the only reason he’ll likely be gone at season’s end, but it will surely be the easiest. Just a few short seasons ago Howland and UCLA had the Final Four looking like their birthright and Howland himself looked ready to challenge John Calipari as the master of the “one and done” player. Now on the brink of their second straight season out of the tourney looking in, Howland is likely counting down his final days and final paychecks and Reeves Nelson, the villain of the SI Story, looks ready to challenge Chris Washburn in the annals of college hoops stars behaving badly.

 

 

Mavs Fans

 

They may not be there for long, but by now Mavs fans have surely realized what the rest of us have been seeing all along this season. That is that the Mavs are making a less than genuine, borderline fraudulent effort at defending their title. Now that the euphoria of last year’s championship has had some time to wear off and Lamar Odom’s welcome has had time to wear out, it’s time to concede that in allowing Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, JJ Barea, DeShawn Stevenson and others to walk and replacing them with Odom, Vince Carter, Delonte West and Yi amongst others, this season was over before it started in Dallas.

 

Maybe the gamble will pay off in Dallas and they’ll land Deron Williams and/or Dwight Howard in free agency. This year though, the Mavs are making the least genuine effort at a title defense that the NBA has possibly ever seen.

 

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Maryland Hosts Virginia For Senior Day Sunday

Posted on 04 March 2012 by WNST Staff

#24/rv Virginia (21-8, 8-7) at Maryland (16-13, 6-9)
Sunday, March 4, 2012 | 2 p.m. | Comcast Center
ACC Network | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland plays host to Virginia on its traditional Senior Day, when the Terrapins honor the graduating seniors of the Class of 2012. The game also has an effect on the standings in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with Maryland in eighth in the league with a 6-9 record and Virginia in fourth at 8-6 before the Cavaliers’ Thursday-night game at home against Florida State. Maryland is 13-3 this season at Comcast Center.
  • Based on the standings prior to Thursday’s games (Florida State at Virginia, Virginia Tech at Clemson), the Terrapins could finish in either the seventh or eighth spot in the league. A climb to seventh would need a Terps’ win Sunday over Virginia and a pair of Clemson losses (Tigers close Sunday at Florida State).
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin had 16 points on Wednesday against the Tar Heels. That brought his season total to 610 points, marking the 18th time in school history a player has had 600 points or more in a season. The last one to accomplish that plateau was Greivis Vasquez, who had 647 in 2010. Stoglin also comes into today’s game with 986 points in his career and has a chance to become only the third Terrapin in school history to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons. Joe Smith had 1,290 points from 1993-95 and Tom McMillen had 1,283 from 1971-73.
  • Freshman Nick Faust had a career-high 17 points on Wednesday at North Carolina. Faust has been playing his best basketball of the season down the stretch and has five games in double figures in his last six outings. His previous season-highs have come against some of Maryland’s best competition of the year, with 15 points at Duke and against Colorado at the Puerto Rico Tipoff. Faust leads the Terrapins in assists (63) and is second to Sean Mosley in steals (28).
  • Junior forward James Padgett had his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds against the Tar Heels. The 13 boards were the most of the season by a Terrapin player. He also had five offensive rebounds, giving him 102 for the year. It marks the eighth time in school history a player has grabbed 100 offensive rebounds in a season.
  • With 16 wins, Maryland has most likely advanced 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 and North Carolina, 8-20 in 2002).
  • Maryland lost to Virginia, 71-44, in the first meeting of the season between these two teams on Feb. 18. The Cavaliers have won two straight in the series, including a 74-60 win in last year’s game at Comcast Center. Maryland still leads the overall series between the teams 106-69.
  • Virginia comes into the game 24th in the most recent Associated Press poll. The Terrapins’ last win over a ranked team was a 79-72 win over then-No. 4 Duke on 3/3/2010 in Comcast Center.
  • The men’s basketball program today will pay tribute to senior players Sean Mosley, Berend Weijs and Jon Dillard, along with managers Donald Darang and Phil Baldwin. Ceremonies will be held during pregame.

    Scouting the Cavaliers

  • Virginia comes into the game 24th in the most recent Associated Press poll, with a 21-8 overall record (8-7 ACC) following a 63-60 loss to Florida State at home on Thursday.
  • Senior forward Mike Scott leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounds (8.2 rpg), and is shooting 57.4 percent from the field, best in the ACC… Sophomore guard Joe Harris is also scoring in double figures with 11.4 ppg and is shooting 39 percent from 3FG.
  • Virginia ranks highly in several defensive categories, coming in at second nationally in scoring defense (52.6 ppg), 14th in field goal percentage defense (.390), and second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.287).
  • The Cavaliers are also third in the conference is turnover margin (plus-1.62) and assist-turnover ratio (1.1), with junior guard Jontel Evans leading the team and ranking fifth in the league with 3.8 assists per game.

    Upcoming

    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… Maryland will be the No. 8 seed in the tournament and will play the 9th seed at noon on Thursday… The winner of the opening first-round game will face the No. 1 seed at noon in Friday’s quarterfinals.

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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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