Wichita State Shockers

Turgeon has been through slumps, but many of his Maryland players are new to the experience

Turgeon has been through slumps, but many of his Maryland players are new to the experience

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...

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