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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
Mark Turgeon's first 19 months at Maryland had been without barely a ripple of discord, at least in public. The players -- even talented but troubled guard Terrell Stoglin last season -- seemed to take Turgeon's harshest criticism in stride. The media -- many who fussed and fueded with first-year football coach Randy Edsall -- appreciated his honesty. The fans -- who for the past few years had been split when it came to Gary Williams -- adored his down-to-earth nature and never second-guessed his moves.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon took the two little turtle figurines out of his coat pocket and placed them on the table in front of him. Alex Len, whose mother Juliya had given Turgeon the figurines when her then 18-year-old son first committed to the Terps, sat at the coach's side. One of the figurines represented a baby turtle, the other one fully grown. “She said I am giving Alex to you as a baby, when he leaves here I want him to be a man,” Turgeon recalled Tuesday after Len announced he was leaving Maryland to make himself eligible for the NBA draft.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - The critics who have been on Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon this season for his team's stagnant motion offense and soft man-to-man defense were silenced - at least for the moment - in the aftermath of Wednesday's 74-71 over Miami . Not only did the Terps move better without the ball for most of the game, but so did the ball itself, leading to the second-best shooting night (56 percent) of the season and one of the best halves of shooting (69.6 percent in the second half)
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Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
With the season starting a month from Tuesday, there's still plenty of time for Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon to settle on a starting lineup. Not that Turgeon hasn't been thinking about who will take the court at Xfinity Center for the opening tip against Wagner on Nov. 14. At a breakfast with boosters in Baltimore on Monday, Turgeon made one interesting pronouncement. “Damonte Dodd's maybe one of our most improved players,” Turgeon said of the 6-foot-11 sophomore from the Eastern Shore.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
When former Temple basketball coach John Chaney used to hold practices starting at 6 a.m., a few of his colleagues tried to do the same. None of them continued with the very early start for long. The earliest I had ever been to a basketball practice was for the end of one of Chaney's practices years ago. That was until Monday, when I went to watch Maryland work out at 8 a.m. at Comcast Center. Since part of the agreement with Mark Turgeon -- as with most coaches -- is that reporters can't give any details about what went on in practice, I will let the third-year coach provide specifics about what went on. (I can say that the Terps were more wide awake than most college students at that hour.)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Welcome to the second season of Morning Shootaround. We will follow the Terps throughout the 2013-14 season, but this year, we will provide a look ahead rather than looking back. We will try to analyze Maryland's strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of its upcoming opponent. We also hope to provide quotes and anecdotes from practices to give some idea of what Mark Turgeon and his team are doing. Here are a few things to watch as the Terps get ready to play at North Carolina on Tuesday night.
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January 18, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Mark Turgeon's team had just recorded a win over a ranked team on Wednesday night, and yet the coach seemed disconsolate. What was up? Jeff Barker: It's hard to know where to begin. The coach made the point -- emphatically -- that Turgeon teams are adept at winning close games. They historically execute plays at the end. But this team?
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
The Dez Wells point guard experiment is not over. But Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said today that freshman Roddy Peters is the team's best option at the position. “Roddy is our best point guard offensively, and he's getting better defensively,” Turgeon told reporters as the team prepared for Thursday night's game at Boston College - the season's first Atlantic Coast Conference contest. “I loved the way he finished the [George Washington] game. He stepped up and made those free throws like he was just shooting in the park or shooting in an empty gym. " Wells was pressed into service at point guard when sophomore Seth Allen broke his foot before the season.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon said on Monday's ACC coaches teleconference that he received an apology from the league about the mistake made by the referees and officials working at the scorer's table during Saturday's loss at Duke. There was a mixup regarding the possession arrow that cost the Terps a possession  in their 69-67 defeat to the No. 8 Blue Devils . Instead of it being Maryland ball after a tie-up with 6:39 to go, Duke inbounded under its own basket and center Amile Jefferson scored to tie the game at 56. “It's basketball, it happens, we've moved on,” Turgeon said Monday.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
A constant theme for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon when talking about his team this season has been its collective lack of mental toughness, particularly on the road. It had contributed to several losses, most recently at Boston College and Georgia Tech. Which is why Saturday's 67-57 win at Wake Forest was pretty surprising. The Terps didn't beat a great team -- maybe not even a good one -- but they hung together despite a huge discrepancy in foul calls and the fact that Turgeon had to sit Alex Len and Dez Wells when each picked up his third foul in the opening minute of the second half.
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