Is Maryland ready to win on the road?

Turgeon said he needs Alex Len to play better and more minutes

January 31, 2012|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

If you're a Maryland fan, you hope for incremental progress this season. You hope to see an upward arc.

Coach Mark Turgeon said today that the next step for his young team is to win a road game, particularly one against a team it is not expected to beat.

Miami has the same conference record as the Terps (3-3) so a victory in Coral Gables on Wednesday night wouldn't be too surprising.

But it would be Maryland's first road win of the season. The Terps are 0-3 on the road (0-2 in ACC games).

Turgeon said future Maryland schedules will look different. This season, Maryland hadn't played a true toad game until it traveled to  N.C. State on Jan. 8. The coach would like the nonconference schedule to be a little less forgiving -- allowing his team to experience an away-game atmosphere a bit sooner in the season.

Senior Sean Mosley hasn't won at Miami . Maryland has lost five straight road games to the school.

"I think we’ll finally get a win at Miami," said a confident-sounding Mosley.

By the way, Turgeon said he'll need more from center Alex Len to beat the 'Canes. Len hasn't scored or rebounded in double figures in the past six games.

"I want him to play more and I want him to play better. He had his best practrice in a long time yesterday," Turgeon said. "I think I had all these grand ideas and I was piling  it all on him when he came back, and it was too much. Now we're just trying to simplify it," the coach said.

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