I've always described Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon as a glass half-empty kind of guy, but he seems to be changing his message to the media and his approach with his team during his second season in College Park.
Coming off the team's most one-sided defeat of the season -- a 20-point loss to then No. 1 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday -- Turgeon said that he thinks the Terps are "on schedule" going into Wednesday's game at Florida State.
"We've got to hate losing more than anything. ... If you hate it enough, you'll correct it whether you're playing five freshmen or five seniors," Turgeon said during the team's media availability Tuesday at Comcast Center.
"I don't forget the whippings we took on the road last year, and where we were and what we lost and what we brought in. At this level, unless you're [Kentucky coach John] Calipari, you don't go from 17-15 to the national championship game, you just don't. ... I like the way we're heading."
After a 13-1 start – with the only loss coming in the season opener to Calipari and the defending national champion Wildcats in Brooklyn, N.Y. – the Terps have lost four of their past six. The stretch started when Maryland blew a double-digit first-half lead and lost to Florida State at home on January 9.
I'll have more in Wednesday's newspaper from Turgeon's news conference and what some of his players see as a more positive approach this season.