The fact of the matter is that most fans were just happy over who the Terps beat yesterday. I was ecstatic because the win placed us back in the hunt for the big dance. Sitting with a marquis win and a possibilty of 10-8 in the Conference is more then anyone could really had hoped for early in the year.
Turgeon was very emotional after being asked a question by Kevin Cowherd as to what this victory meant to him: “It has been a hard week. I take a lot of pride in my coaching. I don’t do a lot of things well, but I like to think that I can coach fairly well. It has been a hard week on my family, hard on my son last week. He had to leave the stands because the fans were so hard on his dad. This win was for my family and the fans. I know what this win means for our fan base, and I really wanted to beat Duke. This means a lot to me. Over the summer I said if we beat Duke I am going to be in the stands with our fans.”
Let’s face it Coach Turgeon really had his kids prepared. He attacked the weakness of Duke, lack of size. The game was really in hand for 80% of the game –only a stalwart comeback led by Seth Curry kept the Floppers close. In 33 minutes Alex rendered Mason Plumlee useless. Plumlee finished with 4 points and only 3 rebounds. Alex was great last night finishing wit 19 points and 9 rebounds.
Somehow or another the Terps were able to win despite committing 26 turnovers. In a performance reminiscent of a Freshman Greivis, Seth Allen scored 16 points yet had 8 turnovers. But Seth had the guts to make the big plays down the stretch. This was probably the first game that all 4 of the freshmen performed well together. Mithcell scored 8, Shaq 4, Jake 8, and the entire team helped Maryland toa 40-20 rebound edge.
Let’s call it like it is and complement Seth curry for a miraculous game finishing 11-17 from the field for 25 points. Without Seth, Duke would have been blown out.
Just for the record the personal fouls were about even 25 on the Terps to 24 for the enemy but Maryland had 34 foul shots to Duke’s 21. Why? Because once again Duke drew about 6 charges of which 3 were outright flops. I just don’t know how they keep getting away with it.
The crowd was sensational at a fever pitch the entire game.
In the house last night were: Torrey Smith, SVP (Scot Van Pelt), Boomer Esaison, Dave Neal, Byron Mouton, Juan Dixon, Sean Mosley, Steve Sheppard among many others.