Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Victory Raises Hopes Maryland Not Yet Great, Coach Says

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Victory Raises Hopes Maryland Not Yet Great, Coach Says

Article excerpt

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Mark Turgeon has worked magic in his second season at Maryland, leading his young team to a 7-1 start that would suggest the Terrapins could be a force in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Or is it just an illusion?

"Our perception is a lot better than reality right now," Turgeon said Wednesday night after the Terrapins notched their seventh straight victory, a 100-68 rout of University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Sure, Maryland's victims include Morehead State, Georgia Southern and LIU-Brooklyn.

But the seven-game run -- which followed a season-opening 72-69 defeat against Kentucky -- featured a 77-57 road win over previously unbeaten Northwestern in which the Terps outscored the Wildcats 49- 31 after halftime.

That was the game that got people saying this Maryland team just might be pretty good.

"We played a nice game at Northwestern, really guarding them and executing the second half. We showed strides," Turgeon said. "But we've got so far to go. I just don't want people thinking that we're this great team. Because we're not yet. We have a chance to be. We're getting better and improving each day."

This squad has far more cohesion and depth than last year's team, Turgeon's first since leaving Texas A&M to replace the highly successful Gary Williams. Maryland went 17-15, leaning heavily on the inside play of raw 7-foot-1 freshman Alex Len and the outside scoring of guard Terrell Stoglin.

After leading the ACC in scoring as a sophomore, Stoglin was suspended by Maryland for a full year for failing to comply with the school's Code of Conduct for athletes. Instead of serving the suspension, he opted to hire an agent and enter his name into the NBA draft.

Fortunately for the Terrapins, Len is back -- with more weight, confidence and skill under the basket.

With Len, senior James Padgett and freshmen Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare jamming the middle, the Terrapins rank among the national leaders in rebounding margin. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.