In 20 seasons as a Division I men’s basketball coach, Mark Turgeon has experienced a lot worse than what his Maryland team has been through the past three weeks.
His first team at Jacksonville State, in 1998-99, started 5-4, then lost 11 straight games and 15 of 16 before closing an 8-18 season with a pair of wins. The next season, the Gamecocks went 17-11.
His first team at Wichita State in 2000-01 started 6-5 but also lost 11 straight and 13 of its last 15 games to finish 9-19. The Shockers steadily improved and reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 in 2003-04.
Even his first NCAA tournament team at Maryland in 2014-15 endured a...