“Notre Dame game, they zoned us a lot. It was more about that,” Turgeon said. “The last game, it was just that he wasn’t doing what I was asking. That’s why him and Seth were both sitting out, because I didn’t have a point guard doing what I was [asking]. … Guys got to do what I ask. That’s about as blunt as I can be with that.”
Still, Turgeon said: “I’ve got a lot of confidence in Roddy. He’s had a great freshman year, much better than I was expecting. We need him, we need him to play well.”
Allen, meanwhile, has slowed down since since scoring in double figures in three of his first four games after returning from a broken foot, including a season-high 18 points at Pittsburgh.
In the three games since, Allen has been inconsistent, scoring just one point and shooting 0-for-8 in a 24-point defeat at Florida State, putting up 14 in the home win over Notre Dame and getting eight points on 3-for-12 shooting at N.C. State.
Turgeon is not blaming Allen’s performance on the fact that his explosiveness has not fully returned, or on the fact that Allen “is a little overweight,” according to the coach.
“The worst part is that he’s not guarding at the other end,” Turgeon said. “He’s guarded one game since he’s been back. He did a great job on [Notre Dame’s Eric] Atkins. He’s got to guard for us, he’s got to run our team.”
Turgeon said he also shares in the blame.
“Seth needs me to be on him every day, and there were 10 weeks when I wasn’t on him — eight when he was hurt and two that I felt sorry for him when he came back,” Turgeon said. “He needs me to be on him every day, so we have some catching up to do.”
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Wells said Friday that he hasn’t done a good enough job leading the Terps recently, particularly in Monday’s loss at N.C. State.
“We have to be better in the second half. That’s on me,” Wells said. “That’s not on Coach.”
Asked what he is not doing to provide leadership, Wells said: “I’m doing a lot of talking. It’s getting somewhere, but not where I want it to be. I have to do more leading by example.
“That’s something that can be fixed and that’s something I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about and talking to to a lot of guys about. I think it will be a lot better coming up.”
Wells talked about the team going to see the movie “Lone Survivor” after returning from Raleigh. In the film, Mark Wahlberg portrays Marcus Luttrell, the only member of a SEAL team not killed in a 2005 firefight in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of 19 American soldiers.
“It just shows you the importance of teamwork, and if you work together, if you’re on the same page and you make a decision and stick with it, it’s nothing you can’t get through,” Wells said of the movie.
“You’ve got to sacrifice things for the betterment of everybody, because if everyone goes after individual goals and not team goals, you won’t achieve anything. We want to have a legacy and raise a banner here.”