"I think we'll be better defensively," Howard said." We have the same principles but now we have more length, more depth. Guys will be able to grind out possessions longer now because they'll be more rested. We definitely have to be more physical. We're a little too nice right now."
** "We want our rebounding margin to be plus-six or seven a game average."
Last season, the Terps outrebounded opponents by an average of 1.9 per game.
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"Obviously there are some games early in the year where we can out-rebound our opponent pretty good," Turgeon said, referring to a string of clearly winnable non-conference games.
"We have a lot more bigs this season," senior forward James Padgett said. "[Center] Alex [Len] learns to play against big bodies every day [in practice], and I think it helps his game out."
** "We need to improve our assists-to-turnovers ratio."
Last season, Maryland had 339 assists and 425 turnovers, a ratio of 0.8 that put the Terps in a four-way tie for last in the ACC.
"We were just awful at that — it's the worst I've ever coached last year." Turgeon said. "We're still throwing the ball all over the gym [this preseason] because we're trying to play faster. Hopefully the turnovers will come down. I'd love to be two-to-one assists to turnovers as a team."
** "We try to make more free throws than our opponents shoot."
Last season, Maryland made more free throws than its opponents — 539 to 452 — and shot 66.4 percent from the line. But the Terps didn't achieve Turgeon's goal of converting more foul shots than the other team attempted (624).
Turgeon said getting to the foul line consistently means he has the right kind of team — a Turgeon team.
"It means we're being aggressive," he said.