The Maryland Terrapins are 0-1 to start the season against a top 25 team for the second year in a row, and the issues that the Terps have had in terms of turnovers, bad shot selection, and problems at the free throw line reared its ugly head again. If the Terps make it to the NIT once again, people need to start looking at Terps’ head coach Mark Turgeon.
I know Turgeon has done a solid job in the AAU circuit, and the Terps are getting better recruits than what they used to get under the legend Gary Williams. But at the end of the day it’s all about results. This is a basketball school. There are big time expectations when when it comes to the basketball program for the University.
Turgeon is molding his own players, and he’s making his own legacy. So if there is a situation where he has a problem with some of the players making the same mistakes on the court over and over again he can look at himself. Patience in Terps’ nation is getting thin. Missing the NCAA tournament three years in a row as the team has done is unacceptable.
People in the state of Maryland who root for the basketball program through and through are tired of big name players leaving the state from high school to go to other places around the country like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Ty Lawson, Rudy Gay, Jeff Green and Michael Beasley.
Given the rich recruiting grounds in the state of Maryland, the basketball program under Turgeon should be on their way to being a top 25 team every year. After all, if schools like the Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, and the Syracuse Orange can come into your territory and pick off players left and right why can can’t you protect your territory?
The Terps have as much of a right to be as good as any school in the country.
So when you look at the situation, I believe if Turgeon can’t right the ship for this team and lead the Terps to an NCAA tournament bid this year, entering the 2014-15 season it should be put up or get out for Turgeon.