JUNKIES: Is the heat off Terps coach Mark Turgeon?

Ben Krimmel
March 22, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Well, Maryland made their fans sweat it out, but they got there in the end against the Bruins from Belmont, winning 79-77 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

But is the win enough to take some of the heat of head coach Mark Turgeon?

The Sports Junkies debated about how much credit the 6th-seeded Terps should get for beating the 11th-seeded Bruins?

"It doesn't mean that much in the grand scheme of things if they go and lose next game," John-Paul Flaim said Friday. "It's not like great tournament success to win one game that you should win because you're playing against a much smaller team."

"It's not great success," Eric Bickel responded. "It's any success. They had been whiffing in March." 

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Bickel is right to point out Maryland's poor run of form in March, as Thursday marked their first postseason win in three years.

To Flaim, one win doesn't make a successful season or a successful tournament, especially when the Terps entered the season with a talented roster and high hopes.

However, while the win was a small one, it could be a massive one for Turgeon personally.

"Put it this way: It can be the difference between keeping your job and losing your job. It really could," Bickel said. 

While Turgeon, who has a contract that runs through the 2023 season, was unlikely to be fired after a loss to Belmont, the pressure on him would have certainly increased. This may not have been a giant succes, but the pitchforks and torches aren't coming out anytime soon.

"This buys him a lot bit of (time), with a young team, alright, we might be on the way to something," Junks producer Drab said. "He avoided a disaster (against Belmont)." 

"(The win) gives him a little bit of breathing room versus none," Bickel said. 

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