It's interesting watching Mark Turgeon, isn't it? The Maryland coach prepares for practices and games by giving his players thoughts and themes to focus on.
It turns out he also orchestrates home crowds -- not just his players.
Did you see him during Sunday's Virginia game? Waving toward the crowd and disputing officials' calls? He picked up a technical in the second half.
It's almost as if he's still the feisty, undersized Kansas point guard hoping his "gumption" -- the word he often uses -- will rub off on his team. It's almost as if he is asking himself: "Why don't my guys care as much as I do?
“Unfortunately I felt like I had to act like a madman just to get us to go. I don’t like acting like that,” Turgeon said. “But when you are a coach you have to motivate everyone in the building.”
*Nick Faust rolled his ankle stepping on a Virginia player's foot in the first half. He went to the locker room but returned and finished with 13 points. He said the sprain was "minor" and that he didn't expect to miss the opening game of the ACC tournament on Thursday.
*Turgeon considered calling a play for Faust with the game tied at the end of regulation.
"The play was going to Terrell [Stoglin]. I was trying to decide between him and Nick [Faust] but Terrell has hit a lot of big shots for us," the coach said. Stoglin's buzzer-beater came up short.
Said Stoglin: "Coach just told Alex [Len] to screen because they were going to deny the ball. But after they didn't I was just trying to get a bucket. Coach said shoot the jumper if it's open and I got the jumper and I should have made it, but I missed it."
Said Virginia forward Mike Scott, who really was the difference: "We beat Maryland pretty bad at home and I told my teammates that they were going to come out swinging and they did. We took some punches, but I think we finally punched them back at the end."