Mark Turgeon exhaled deeply. Maryland has won six games in a row, but coaches tend to focus on spotting and correcting mistakes.
For Turgeon, each mistake is like a paper cut. When Turgeon was asked today about his team’s turnovers, the coach sighed.
Maryland had 19 turnovers in Sunday’s win over George Mason – one shy of the season high.
Here’s what the coach said about it:
“You know, I don’t know how I look to you guys but I haven’t slept very well since the game ended Sunday. I can’t figure it out. It’s just really trying to go too fast and decision-making. I can’t control the ones where the guys just dribble off their feet or fumble the ball out of bounds when they have a layup.”
Turgeon said Dez Wells – who has scored 48 points over the past two games – dribbled the ball off his foot three times on Sunday.
“I think everybody has got the cart way before the horse with our team,” the coach said. “I don’t think we’re a very good team yet and everybody’s talking about how good we are. We really haven’t done anything yet, to be quite honest with you. We’re getting better and we’re defending and rebounding pretty well but we’ve got a long ways to go if we’re going to compete in the ACC.”
Next up for the Terps (6-1) is Maryland Eastern Shore (0-7) on Wednesday. That’s the first of a six-game, nonconference homestand ending on New Year’s Day.
For those not coming to the games, they will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
Wednesday’s call -- as well as the play-by-play on 12/21, 12/29 and 1/1 -- will be handled by Byron Kerr, who not only knows basketball but knows the Terps. It’s good to have a local on the job who has familiarity with the program.
Maryland says it has partnered with "Let's Move Down," a service that allows fans to upgrade their seats through mobile devices during games. The Web site is letsmovedown.com