Coach Mark Turgeon and his Terrapins are ready to face Boston College at home Tuesday night following an up-and-down week. After taking down 14-ranked NC State in the final seconds at the Comcast Center last Wednesday, the Terps lost a sloppy game in Chapel Hill over the weekend in which they committed 22 turnovers.
Not only did the Terps turn the ball over 15 times in the first half against North Carolina, but their shaky defense allowed the Tar Heels to put up 42 points before the break.
In the Miami game and the North Carolina State game, our team defense was so much better, Turgeon said. Then I think we took a step back and sat around and watched on Saturday.
Turgeon says though that his team picked it up in the second half, guarding better, and improving their assignments. He stressed to his team in practice Sunday to move forward and shift their mindset to the next play and the next game.
The tip-off Tuesday night or the next play in practice, whatever it is, just move on, said the second-year coach. Don't make too much of it. It's one loss just like North Carolina State was one win.
In order to move forward, Turgeon pointed out some key improvements that need to be made. Shooting better would be a good start. The Terps have shot below forty percent from the field in each of their last four games. From long range, Maryland has shot a dismal 7-45 in their last three games. As Turgeon explains, they need to find a way to get to the foul line when shots aren't falling.
Nick has to find a way to get there, and Alex needs to find a way to get there, he said. If we're not going to make jump shots then we need to shoot more free throws.
In addition, Turgeon says they must score on the break, get more second chance points, and finish when they get to the rim.
The Terps look to do just that in their Tuesday night meeting with Boston College who are 1-3 in ACC play thus far. Turgeon is not taking the matchup lightly, noting that in the well-balanced and talented Atlantic Coast Conference, there are no easy games.
Boston College really challenges you. Defensively they spread the floor, said Turgeon. A lot of prep work goes into preparing for them obviously and we're looking forward to being back home and hopefully playing well.
Along with Boston College, Turgeon points to teams like Virginia, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech that he thinks have improved but remain under the radar in the ACC. Of course, Turgeon sees a difference in the Terrapins as well.
I think we're a better team than we were last year, he said. Are we playing well right now? No, but I think we're a better basketball team and I think that's a pretty easy argument to win.