By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
1:34 PM EST, January 13, 2014
As his team prepares for a much-needed home game Wednesday night after two bad road losses, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon says his players must pull out of their "funk" and focus on the big picture.
In the big picture, Turgeon says, the Terps are 2-2 in the conference. They may not feel like a .500 team after losses of 20 points and 24 points, respectively, to Pittsburgh and Florida State.
“Guys got to get themselves out of the funk,” Turgeon said Monday on the ACC’s media conference call. “We’re not where we want to be being 2-2. But we’ve had three of our first four on the road. I think Pitt and Florida State will be two of the top five teams in our league before it’s all said and done.”
The Terps host Notre Dame on Wednesday. The Irish are 1-2 in the conference after losing, 74-69, at Georgia Tech on Saturday. “We’re trying to regroup here today after a tough one in Atlanta,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.
Florida State converted 16 of 24 3-pointers in its 85-61 victory over Maryland on Sunday night.
In their previous game, the Seminoles had shot 1-for-11 on 3-pointers in a win over Clemson.
“They were hot,” Turgeon said of Florida State. “They made 16 threes, 13 of them were closely contested. They missed a couple of open ones, too, in there. We had a game plan. They had made 10 of their last 50 3s going into the game. We knew Ian Miller could shoot. It’s just one of those nights that just kind of steamrolled.”
Earlier in the season, Turgeon expressed concern about adequate depth. When I asked him about that today, he said: “We tried to get a player late last year" to fill out the '13 class and "were 0-fer." We don’t know who he was referring to.
Turgeon said the return of guard Seth Allen from a broken foot has helped reinforce depth, although he said Allen is still perhaps three weeks from being 100 percent.
“He’s not close to 100 percent. We need to get Seth back to the way he was playing before he got hurt,” Turgeon said.
With Allen back, “there is enough depth there,” the coach said. “Can we win the league where we are? I don’t know, but I think we can be competitive and win some games. Are we playing the way we want to? No. Last two games we’ve had a lot of guys not play well. I think coming home is going to help, playing a big name in Notre Dame is going to help.”
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