Turgeon believes Terps “tougher physically and mentally” headed into ACC Tourney

March 13, 2013 | WNST Staff

Head Coach Mark Turgeon

 

On where the team is heading into the ACC Tournament:

“I came here to build a great program and we’re taking steps towards that. We’re much further along than I anticipated at this point in time. I want to finish strong. We really wanted that win at Virginia. We wanted a quality road win and we came up a little bit short, so I want to finish strong. We’ve got a Wake Forest team that’s going to be inspired to play against us because we’ve beaten them twice.  If we’re lucky enough to win that one, we’ll go from there. We just want to finish strong. We want to play well. We felt liked we played well against Virginia and we’re becoming a tougher team physically and mentally. We’re heading in the right direction.”

 

On playing Wake Forest for the third time and having success in the first two meetings:

“At home we were fantastic. We were really good, it was a must-win game for us and we just shot out of a cannon. At their place, our backs were against the wall and we used the motivation of Chris Paul Day, Senior Day. I thought we really defended well. We played with toughness. I’m sure they’re fired up to play us, and my whole deal is just getting my guys’ mindset that Wake is going to come after us, and we have to be ready for it.”

 

On Dez Wells’ play against Wake:

“He made a couple shots in the first game and in the second game he really got to the glass. We got out on the break, we made some steals, and he’s been much more aggressive for us, which he needs to be.”

 

On going into the ACC Tournament:

“We just want to keep getting better. We’re about building the program. We’re a better team than we were last year. Maybe lost a game or two we didn’t expect to lose this year, but we’re getting better. Played well at Virginia but just came up short. We want to get better, get our confidence going into the ACC tournament and then whatever postseason we play after that.”

 

On how the players responded to the loss:

“Kids are resilient. That was the worst I’ve seen our guys hurt after the game so we’re getting somewhere. They’re investing a lot more into our program, and the young guys are starting to grow up. If you can’t get juiced up for postseason tournaments, you shouldn’t be playing basketball.”

 

Sophomore guard/forward Dez Wells

 

On playing in the ACC Tournament:

“The beauty of college basketball is anyone can be beaten. It’s really dangerous when you get to tournament time because you don’t have to be the best team, you just have to be the best team on a given night for 40 minutes. That’s something that really makes the tournament so interesting to watch.”

 

On the prospects of making a run in the tournament:

“We just have to come out and give it our all every night; who knows what can happen? The only thing we can control is our effort. If we give 100 percent and we keep fighting, keep getting after it, keep scratching and clawing, I think we can see some positive results.”

 

Sophomore guard Nick Faust

 

On playing how they did in the first half against Virginia:

“The offense really clicked in the first half against Virginia. I got some good open looks and was able to take advantage of them. We just have to continue to get everyone involved the way we did in that first half. It’s a new season and we’re excited and confident.”

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