Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon says he’s more than ready for the season to begin. (Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

“This is huge for me,” he said.

Turgeon said he’s particularly looking forward to the alumni game, which will feature a number of Maryland greats.

“Hopefully word spreads quickly as we have added Greivis Vasquez and Steve Francis to the list of alumni players,” Turgeon said. “I’m not sure the last time that Steve was back but to have everyone in the building is special. I think four of the five starters from the national championship team will be on the floor. All except Lonny Baxter, who is overseas or he would be here as well. Hopefully that will create a huge buzz.”

Still, the focus should be on the current players, Turgeon said, even though people naturally will be interested in one of his first major public appearances as Maryland’s coach.

“This first year it will be a little about me. They may introduce me differently this year and put a microphone in my hand,” Turgeon said. “After that it’s about the team, the former players and the fans. Hopefully we have a great student turnout.

“I have been on the phone with Lefty [Driesell] and Gary [Williams] and it’s exciting for me to be where it [midnight madness] started. We want to create a buzz, but I would rather create a buzz in January or February.”