I asked Len about whether there was too much one-on-one, especially in the second half.
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The biggest culprits were probably Allen and Dez Wells, both of whom finished with five turnovers. Though Allen countered his carelessness with 13 points and helped fuel Maryland's last-minute comeback along with Faust (14 points), Wells played his worst game as a Terp in that regard.
A good question
When a reporter from a Washington television station who has been covering the team all season asked Turgeon about whether his trust to put the game in Allen's hands at the end could result in the freshman guard starting, Turgeon did something that many coaches do that he had yet to do in College Park.
He declined to answer and quickly said, "Next question."
I think it was a legitimate question, though maybe not one asked immediately after a disappointing loss. I think Turgeon trusts Allen to make one play more than he does to run a team, but it still speaks to a larger issue that I have debated all season -- how Pe'Shon Howard's inability to score, or to even shoot, allows teams to pack it in on Len.
It happened again Wednesday night. Howard didn't take a shot for most of the first half, failed to make one the entire game (going 0-for-3) and had only one assist to three turnovers in 24 minutes. Not only does Howard shoot too infrequently to be either a threat to the other team or a help to Len, but he dribbles way too much.
It's only one game, but if the trend continues, Turgeon is going to have to decide whether he can get away with his current rotation of point guards or consider using Faust there again, as he did last season while Howard was sidelined early with a broken foot and later in the season with a torn ACL. Faust, coming back from a shoulder blade injury, had 14 points, two assists and no turnovers in 21 minutes.
Suddenly, the pressure is on the Terps for the first time this season.
Instead of a comfortable 2-0 start in the ACC such as the Seminoles have -- incredibly for the first time in their history in the ACC -- Maryland is now looking at going to play Sunday at Miami (10-3 going into Thursday's game at North Carolina), where the Terps came back from a 16-point deficit last season to lose in double overtime with Scott Spinelli coaching for Turgeon, who had been ejected before his team made its run.
The Hurricanes are without their best inside player, Reggie Johnson (out six weeks with a broken thumb), but this is suddenly a much bigger game for Maryland given that it plays N.C. State and North Carolina next week.