Baltimore Sun: Different scenarios, similar urgency for Maryland and Minnesota


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Nov 11, 2008
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per the Baltimore Sun:

Maryland still has 11 Big Ten regular-season games left before the league convenes in New York for its postseason tournament late next month. There’s plenty of time to still build its mostly empty NCAA tournament resume, but not many real opportunities to do so.

One of them might’ve come Thursday, if not for the fact that Minnesota — once considered a legitimate contender to challenge Michigan State for the regular-season title — has seen its own tournament chances implode of late.

Though saying they’re desperate might be overstating things, the Terps and Gophers certainly should have a similar sense of urgency going into Xfinity Center. They have the same record (14-6, 3-4 Big Ten) — with both losing three of their past four games — and similarly depleted frontcourts.

If Maryland fans can take any solace from their team’s recent struggles — punctuated by Monday’s 68-67 last-second defeat at No. 23 Michigan — it’s that Minnesota only avoided a four-game losing streak with a 95-84 overtime win that night at Penn State.

“We put that game behind us. We watched film yesterday, we learned from it. I was happy with the effort, disappointed with the outcome. It’s just one game,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Wednesday. “We’ve played some really good teams on the road our last three games.

“We finally competed in one of them. The key is how you handle things as you move forward. … We know it’s hard for us to win any game where we are right now. As long as we keep preparing to win and getting better, that’s what I like.”

Go Gophers!!
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