Is Maryland’s 11th starting lineup THE ONE? Has the team found a winning combination?
Mark Turgeon said today he was pleased with the group that began the Wake Forest victory on Saturday.
“I like our starting lineup right now. It’s a little bit older, so I like that.”
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Turgeon celebrated his birthday yesterday. He’s 48 going on 107. Like “dog years,” basketball- coaching years aren’t quite equivalent to regular time. The profession exacts a toll. I kid, of course. The coach keeps himself in good shape.
Here’s the lineup that appears to have stuck: Nick Faust at the point and Dez Wells at the other guard, although he also handles the ball some. Jake Layman, James Padgett and Alex Len up front.
The surprise is probably Padgett. Turgeon inserted Padgett in the last game because he’s a senior and knows what he’s doing defensively. Padgett gave the Terps a bonus by going 6-for-6 from the field for 12 points.
Padgett is naturally quiet. Turgeon said he spoke to the senior recently about asserting himself on such a young team.
Turgeon said he told Padgett: “Hey man, we don’t have a lot of time left, let’s make the most of it.”
He said Padgett has responded since their chat with “two and a half good games in a row.”
The Terps head to Virginia Tech on Thursday looking for their first ACC road win.
"If we want to be a part of the NCAA tournament we’ve got to win some road games," Turgeon said.