Here are some quick-hitters from Maryland’s media session this afternoon in anticipation of its game at Miami on Wednesday:
— Terrapins Coach Mark Turgeon’s most expansive answer came when asked about how close guard Terrell Stoglin is to having a well-rounded game:
“He has come a long ways, it’s amazing what the kid is doing,” Turgeon said. “I thought he really played well the other day [during Maryland’s 73-69 win over Virginia Tech, when he scored a game-high 28 points]. He may have forced a couple. Two of his turnovers were actually trying to make passes. . . . It’s not going to happen overnight, but if we popped in a tape from Day One until now, I think you’d just be shocked how much better the kid is. He is just a much better teammate, and I am proud of him. I think he wants to be a good teammate.
“He doesn’t totally know how to play a certain way for us to win. In his mind, he has to shoot every time for us to win. He is trying to figure that out. I don’t know if there is anyone in this room where every time you touched it you thought you were going to score. I didn’t. He thinks he can score every time he touches it. It is a curse and a blessing for him. I could not be happier. I think if you asked his teammates, they feel the same way. There’s times when he doesn’t give them the ball, but honestly sometimes I don’t think he even sees it because he is so driven on what he is trying to do.”
— Turgeon said defense and rebounding will be keys to winning at Miami.
“We have been guarding better,” he said. “We have to rebound better. Our execution is not great yet. We overcame it against Virginia Tech. . . . We have improved a lot. It doesn’t show in our win-loss record. Miami is a lot better than I had anticipated. I had not watched a lot of film, but they are really talented, really talented.”
Turgeon was very candid when speaking about the progress of his team this season. The Terrapins have come a long way, but when you look at Maryland’s overall profile, another thing is clear:
“We have not beaten a really good team than we were not supposed to beat yet,” Turgeon said.
Wednesday offers Maryland a chance to get an attention-grabbing road victory against another team fighting for a postseason berth.