Quotes from Mark Turgeon
Feb. 28, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Quotes from Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon in advance of Wednesday's game at North Carolina.
On how well positioned the team is to regroup after Saturday's loss at Georgia Tech:
"I thought Georgia Tech played well, they made a lot of shots and they deserved to win, but losing is no fun. That would've been, 7-7 sounds a lot better than 6-8 in the league, knowing what we have this week ahead of us. We'll regroup. We had a great practice yesterday. Kids are resilient, they bounce back. It's more the old guys, but I have a pretty resilient staff. We got after them yesterday, we'll get after them today, we'll do the best we can tomorrow and I do think we got better yesterday in some phases. We keep just trying to figure out ways to make the guys better and I think we did that yesterday."
On how he uses the first meeting between Maryland and North Carolina to illustrate the importance of getting on the boards:
On what he said to the team after the Georgia Tech game knowing they have a really tough opponent coming up:
"It's not about North Carolina. The whole thing I said after the game was `guys I just thought we were maturing. I thought we were growing up.' We really had one guy play well Saturday, maybe one and a half and they're both seniors - [Sean] Mosley and Berend [Weijs]. The young kids just didn't play well, so that's what I gave to them. But it has nothing to do with North Carolina, we worked on us yesterday. I know we're going to play North Carolina, they're 16-1 at home and they should be 17-0 at home. You take away the Duke score and I think they've won by about an average of 18 points a game at home in our league. We know what we're getting into. My thing is that we continue to fight, continue to compete, continue to get better until some committee says we're not playing anymore. Until that happens that's really all I care about.
"I have so many young players - we finished the game Saturday with three freshmen and a sophomore on the floor. We had a chance to win on the road and didn't get it done. So my thing is how much better can I make these young kids before the season ends. That's all I'm trying to do. Make them more competitive, make them want to be a better basketball player, make them want to be a better teammate. That's really all I'm focusing on. You can tell by the way I'm acting today I'm not myself. I'm tired, it's a fight, it's a battle everyday but a lot of coaches are feeling that way today. It's just where you are and what you're doing. I just, I got after them yesterday hard. I don't want them to think Wednesday's game is not important just because we lost to Georgia Tech and had a chance to get to 7-7 and be a part of postseason at a higher level, that we just don't stop trying to be the best we can be. So that's what we're going to try and do. Who knows what lies ahead for us."
On Berend Weijs and what their initial conversations were when Turgeon got to Maryland: