Terps-BU pregame notes: Turgeon approaches win No. 300

December 21, 2013

Coach Mark Turgeon wanted no part of the narrative, even though this was the first time anyone asked. “Yeah unfortunately a couple guys have brought that up this week,” he said. “I just hope it happens soon, so we don’t have to keep talking about it.”

(AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
(AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

A Maryland win Saturday afternoon against Boston University would give Turgeon the 300th of his career, something 232 coaches have ever accomplished, including seven active ACC coaches.

“My answer is it’s taken way too long,” Turgeon said. “I thought it would happen a lot quicker than this when I first started coaching, but we’ve taken over some different jobs. Hopefully we can get it and move on.”

Speaking of milestones, Dez Wells is also 22 points away from reaching 1,000 in his college career. The junior guard averages 15.3 points per game this season, and has scored 22 points six times over three seasons, so it’s certainly feasible he reaches that mark against the Terriers.

“Just another milestone,” he said. “It’s a good accomplishment. I’m just happy I can achieve that at Maryland.”

No other Maryland player is close to that milestone. Junior guard Nick Faust has 741 career points and could easily reach it next season. Classmate Evan Smotrycz sits at 627.

>> Last season, Faust started all but six games. This season, he’s adjusting to a new role as a bench player, even though his minutes remain up. With Roddy Peters sliding nicely into the starting point guard spot – and Seth Allen’s return on the horizon – Faust has been the sixth man over the past three games, but has still averaged 29.7 minutes during that span.

“I think he bought in right away by the way he’s playing,” Turgeon said. “I think he’s playing terrific. He’s playing starter minutes … He’s our best defender. He’s really taken on that role. He’ll be in early and often. He’ll play a lot. The good thing is, because he’s been so unselfish to do that, it’s really helped Roddy’s confidence and Roddy’s playing at a higher level.”

Aside from a weird off-balance shot from behind the backboard, Faust was solid against Florida Atlantic last weekend, scoring eight points (2 of 4 on three-pointers), grabbing five rebounds and handing five assists against just two turnovers. He also leads the Terps with 17 steals.

“Nick is a really, really good player,” Wells said. “He understands it’s not who starts, it’s who finishes the game. Nick’s adjusting to being whatever we needed him to be.”

>> Here’s a video of Allen shooting three-pointers and landing on both feet, which is a big deal at this stage of his recovery. He remains on track to return from his broken foot sometime early next month.

>> Once shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc, Smotrycz has slumped in December. In four games this month, he’s shooting 27.2 percent (6 for 22) on three-pointers. Look for him to bust out if Boston University goes zone.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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Alex Prewitt · December 21, 2013