Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said it has “definitely been a different year,” referring to the transition to a new job, his family moving here and dealing with the ups and downs of his first season with Maryland.
Turgeon said he has been through transitions before, with this being his fourth head coaching job. But he conceded that he really didn’t start enjoying himself this season until point guard Pe’Shon Howard returned from his foot injury in December.
“There is more confidence,” Turgeon said. “No question about it . . . as bad as we felt after Virginia, we felt that good after Miami.”
With Saturday’s game at Philips Arena, this will be a bit of a dress rehearsal for the ACC tournament, which will be played in the same arena. But Turgeon didn’t even realize that the ACC tournament would be played there until told by reporters Friday.
“That’s how much I am looking ahead,” Turgeon said.