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Turgeon handling Stoglin the right way

Mark Turgeon

Maybe you heard: Mark Turgeon and Terrell Stoglin are having a little dust-up, it seems. A clash of wills is probably the better way to put it.

Turgeon, Maryland's first-year coach, isn't crazy about how Stoglin, his uber-talented sophomore guard, plays at times.

The kid can play selfish, Turgeon feels. But what really frosts Turgeon is Stoglin's sometimes questionable shot selection. Such as last Saturday night, when Stoglin was jacking up prayers from all over the floor and made only 4-of-16 shots in the Terps 73-55 loss to Duke at Cameron Indoor.

But the problem, of course, is that Stoglin is the team's leading scorer, and by far it's most talented player. And he's the only one who can put the ball on the floor and create shots for himself.

So Turgeon needs him in the lineup. And so, God knows, do the Terps -- at least if they want to score more than 40 points a game.

Stoglin was visibly upset Saturday night when Turgeon benched him for much of the second half. He fired off a sarcastic tweet after the game, which he later erased after he cooled off. And he took to Twitter again to reassure Terps Nation that he's not a bad guy, just a frustrated player.

But Turgeon is doing the right thing with his star guard. When Stoglin is jacking up wild shots, the Terps don't run through their offensive sets. Instead, everyone else on the floor ends up standing around watching The Terrell Stoglin Show.

In his heart of hearts, I think Stoglin realizes this. He's a good kid. And he wants to be a good teammate.

 But he gets exasperated by the lack of scoring punch on this team. And he feels -- rightly -- that he has to carry the load. But that's often when he starts trying to do too much and ends up taking crazy shots.

 It's Turgeon's team, though. Which means it's Stoglin who has to play the way his coach wants him to. And he will. Again, from all indications, he's a good kid.

 No one's telling Stoglin not to shoot -- that would be disastrous for the Terps. Turgeon just wants better shots out of him. And more passing to get the rest of the Terps involved in the offense.

That's not unreasonable. Any coach would demand the same thing.

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