They lose opening night to the defending national champions. Understandable. Then they reel off thirteen straight victories and it’s looking like Mark Turgeon has a possible sweet 16 team. Then they hit conference play, and begin to stumble. As I look around the entire country, the Maryland Terrapins are one of the more intriguing teams to me. It’s a matter of “who are they”?
When you look back at the run of thirteen straight, young don’t really see any huge wins that give you an indication that Maryland could be one of the better teams in the country. Granted, any win is a good win, but they aren’t the type of quality wins that will become valuable around March. With the ACC schedule now firmly underway, Maryland needs to answer and answer fast. It’s tough to rebound once a losing streak begins. And it’s even tougher when the losing streak is in conjunction with conference play.
Mark Turgeon’s coaching prowess will definitely be tested this season. His pedigree will undoubtedly be spoken for once this season is done and over with. The Terps face a unique situation where their confidence may be fading after a thirteen game winning streak. The Maryland players have reached a crossroad and it’s the difference between believing that they are truly a talented basketball team, and passing the winning streak off as something that was only a matter of playing lesser competition.
Coach Turgeon gets paid not only to coach, but to motivate. And he’ll have to put together one of his best coaching jobs to get this Maryland team back on track.