Asked to address Williams’ comments after practice, Turgeon said that the former No. 1 overall NBA draft choice called him Monday to explain his comments personally. While appreciating that Williams called him, Turgeon didn’t agree with what he said.
“I don’t know if we’re tight,” Turgeon said. “I thought at the beginning of the game we were a little bit walking on eggshells, I don’t know if it was tight. Maybe we were. Florida State’s got some pretty long, lengthy guys out there. It took us a while to get used to that. Did we not play well? Yeah, but because we were tight, I don’t think so.”
But Turgeon admitted that his team must play differently Wednesday night against Notre Dame, an opponent that he said “plays very loose.”
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Not only is the current losing streak the first time in Turgeon’s 16-year coaching career that his team has lost two straight games by 20 points or more, it’s also a first for some of his players.
Turgeon was surprised to hear that it had not happened before, giving how big a rebuilding job he had at both Jacksonville State and Wichita State in his first two coaching jobs.
“How many games is that – 500?” Turgeon asked a reporter who mentioned the statistic.
Smotrycz said that he had never experienced two straight games with as large a deficit before.
“Nothing else we can do about it, just come out and play better,” Smotrycz said.