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.