Turgeon was quite critical of Sophomore Alex Len after the game Wednesday night. He was much less critical Friday afternoon. He put Len's progress into perspective, saying his abilities are night and day from last year.
Alex has been really good for us all year, Turgeon said Friday afternoon. He just didn't play well that night. Had a big dunk late, we went to him up one, so obviously we have a lot of confidence in him. We just keep working with him. He's gotten so much better, so much stronger. I think what we need out of Alex is just to be more of a presence around the rim, a better defender.
Coach Turgeon also talked about Freshman Seth Allen's current slump.
Most young kids let their offense affect the rest of their game, said Turgeon. That's what he's doing. He's letting his offense affect his defense and his running the team. He's done that. You see that with young kids. You just keep preaching to them to fight through it, to do all the other things if you're not making your shots. Some kids handle it quicker than others. He was making some shots early in the year and now he's not making this. But that's alright.
Turgeon was really thrilled with his team's execution against Florida State. He said his team really responded to everything he was telling them and they played with a lot of poise. The only dilemma facing Turgeon night in and night out is what he's going to get from each player.
I would like to have the same starting lineup, Turgeon said. You look at me historically; I keep the same starting lineup. We'll have a different starting lineup tomorrow. I like guys to know when they're going to play and not going to play, historically I've done that. This has just been a very strange year.
When asked if he knew what the starting lineup would be tomorrow, Turgeon replied, Uh, no.
Maryland is 3-1 in the conference at home this season (0-4 on the road in the ACC). Wake Forest is coming off a five-point loss at home against Duke.