You had to wonder how Maryland would respond one game after a loss at Duke that seemed to frustrate most everybody.
The game at Cameron had been the first of the ACC season without injured point guard Pe'Shon Howard. Terps coach Mark Turgeon said his team had barely been able to execute a play without the floor leader.
And, of course, it had ended with Terrell Stoglin sulking on the bench and tweeting about it.
After the Duke game, Turgeon -- who said he should have been a psychology major -- talked to his team about acting more like a "family."
"I talked about two things: we talked about discipline on defense and we talked about being together," the coach said. "I don't like the way we acted at Duke; I don't like the way we acted after Duke; and we just talked about being a team and being a family and being together and doing it for your teammates. I thought we did that. We shared the ball better than we've shared it all year."
Turgeon looked downright relieved that his team (15 assists) had looked so much more like, well, a team.
Part of it was simply growing accustomed -- again -- to life without Howard. Nick Faust and Stoglin looked more comfortable bringing up the ball than against Duke.
"I thought (Faust) got us into our stuff pretty well," Turgeon said. "I thought he got a little dribble happy in the second half. But the thing is Nick is going to do what I ask him to do and that's nice. We're figuring it out."
*Maryland fans loved Nick Faust's backwards, over-the-head pass in the waning moments. Coach Turgeon? Not so much. But Turgeon said he'd rather that Faust be just "playing" rather than overthinking.
*Stoglin had a couple explanations for his tweets after the Duke loss. He was frustrated and also: “I don’t like Duke at all.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun