After Maryland lost to Miami on Wednesday, Coach Mark Turgeon said, his players — even in defeat — were proud that they had rallied against the Hurricanes. But after losing to North Carolina on Saturday, Turgeon saw hurt in his players faces.
Turgeon said they were really disappointed because they have been investing a lot but not yet getting the a lot of results. Entering Tuesday’s game at Clemson, Maryland (13-9, 3-5 ACC) has lost five of six games.
Turgeon took the emotions of his players as a “good sign.” Throughout Turgeon’s first season, he has told the team that there is a fine line between winning and losing. Lately, Maryland has been below that line.
“Pretty soon we’ll be above it,” Turgeon said of his message to players.
If there has been one thing evident about Turgeon this season, it is that he is brutally honest. When characterizing his team’s season thus far, Turgeon said in part, “We have not embarrassed ourselves.”
That is indeed the case. Maryland has beaten the teams it has been expected to beat. It has lost to the teams it was not supposed to beat.
Turgeon told players in recent days that he couldn’t wait for Tuesday because “every time we get on the court, we get better.”
Turgeon said he has not done as good of a job as usual of being emotionally flatlined through the ups and downs of a season. He acknowledged that “it is no fun right now” for the team because it is not winning.
“I tell the kids they should be full of confidence because they are still competing,” Turgeon said.
Regarding guard Terrell Stoglin, Turgeon said he told himself after his first individual workout with Stoglin, “There is no way I can coach this kid.”
But midway through the ACC portion of the schedule, Turgeon now says, “He has come a long way.”
Clemson is 11-11 and 3-5 in league play. The Tigers usually play well at home.
Can Maryland get an ACC road win Tuesday?