Here are some quick thoughts from Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon before he and the Terrapins depart for North Carolina, where they will play 10th-ranked Duke on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium:
— Turgeon said this is his first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium since he was an assistant at Kansas.
Maryland lost to Duke, 74-61, at Comcast Center on Jan. 25. Turgeon said it will be a “different animal” for his players at Cameron.
Turgeon knows his team’s interior defense will need to be better than it was in that first meeting, when Mason Plumlee scored 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. But Turgeon also acknowledged that “I’d rather Plumlee score 22 than give up 15 threes.”
Turgeon said his players should be excited about visiting Cameron.
“That’s why you play,” he said. “You want to play in the ACC, in big games. . . . Not like those fans can come out and beat us up. All they can do is scream and yell at us.”
— Regarding Terrapins guard Pe’Shon Howard, Turgeon said he has “defended his tail off” since coming back from the foot injury that sidelined him at the start of the season.
“I don’t think he is a natural point guard,” Turgeon said. “Some games are better than others. . . . To this point, he has really helped us and done well.”
“That was arguably his best game,” Turgeon said.
How does everyone feel about this matchup?