Terps talk about improving, not winning, coach Mark Turgeon says

December 13, 2013|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Mark Turgeon has said he doesn't talk to his players about winning. That outcome, the Maryland coach says, is a byproduct of continually playing better basketball.

"We talk about getting better, preparing and, if you play well, good things are going to happen," Turgeon said during his first Maryland season.

Fair enough. But the paradox is that Turgeon is often roiling on the inside, and sometimes he simply can't hide it. And, of course, he wants to win as much as anybody else.

That was evident during last night's 88-80 victory at Boston College. Turgeon was noticeably relieved that Maryland -- which had turned a 12-point lead into a four-point deficit -- battled back to win on the road.

Maryland would be facing a three-game losing streak if it hadn't defeated the Eagles behind Dez Wells' career-high 33 points and Roddy Peters' career-high 14. That could have created a sense of  foreboding -- if not among players, then at least among fans.

"Just a really good win for us and where we are right now," Turgeon said. "What we're going through has been really hard. Our guys believed they were going to win the whole night. That's a step in the right direction."

But, the coach said, "We don't have a lot of time to celebrate."

The Terps host Florida Atlantic on Saturday afternoon.



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