The Maryland Terrapins are knee-deep in NCAA Tournament bubble talk. But please, nobody tell Mark Turgeon to talk or think about anything bubble related. Like those pictures circling around the worldwide-inteweb, Turgeon “Ain’t got time for that.”
The following quotes were obtained from PressBoxOnline before — then after — their loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels:
“We try not to think about where we are just because people think we’re on the bubble … we might not be. You don’t know what the committee’s thinking, where they have us.”
“I am disappointed … I didn’t like the energy we started the game with. With that said, we couldn’t make a shot. We had some really good looks. I wanted to be better tonight and we weren’t. I thought the crowd was great. … Carolina played well.”
“We put ourselves behind the eight ball, lost a few games we shouldn’t have lost maybe on paper … we did, so we are where we are. We got 20 wins with this young team. [We're] headed in the right direction. [I'm] proud of this group. Haven’t been as consistent as we’d like, but hopefully we can get some wins down the stretch.”
Turgeon is right and wrong is his assessments. They are definitely in desperate need of some victories, but I am not sure they are headed in the right direction (for this year). The Terps madness starts today in their game against another bubble team, the Virginia Cavaliers. Not only would it be wise for Maryland to beat Virginia, but will need to rattle off a few wins in the ACC Tournament as well.
If Maryland were to make the NCAA Tournament, it would be the first during the Turgeon era, as well as the first appearance in the dance since 2010. Expectations since Terp legend Gary Williams left the program have been tempered, but the fanbase is starting to become restless. Williams, who spoiled the fanbase with 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, is currently the Special Assistant to the Athletic Director.
While the Maryland faithful may become increasingly unhappy with Turgeon, they need not worry. Before coming over to replace a legend in Maryland, Turgeon had more than a fair amount of success in his last coaching stint. In his time with the Texas A&M Aggies, Turgeon rattled off four appearances in the big dance in all four years he was the head coach.
However, if Maryland were to somehow lose today, I imagine the only bubble-talk that Turgeon would feel like discussing is the arcade game classic, Bubble Bobble. And was we all know, if a coach is resorting to talking about video games, things cannot possibly be going well.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports who makes a slew of bad nostalgia jokes. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone