During Maryland's 13-game winning streak earlier in the season, coach Mark Turgeon often said his team had progressed beyond where he thought it would be.

The Terps are 4-6 since that streak ended – they're 5-6 in the ACC – but the second-year Maryland coach repeated that assessment Monday about his young team.


"We're 17-7 -- probably a little ahead of what I thought we'd be in our second year," Turgeon said during the ACC conference call.

Sunday's 80-69 loss to Virginia was a particularly trying defeat for the Terps and their fans. The team entered the season with high expectations that were based largely on a highly touted freshman class.

Like the fans, Maryland coaches have held out hope that this could be a memorable season. At the same time, the coaches have counseled patience.

I think many fans believed the Terps would make a statement in the Virginia game that they had arrived. It would have been Maryland's third straight win.

Instead, Maryland looked worn-down. Turgeon had a couple points to make about that on Monday.

"We're tired," he said. "We've got our bye week [this week] which hopefully will be great for us."

Maryland's next game is at Comcast Center against Duke on Saturday (6:00, ESPN). "Hopefully we'll be fresh-legged and fresh mentally," the coach said.

Turgeon also said: “Our league is so much better than it was a year ago. It’s not even close.”

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