From the opening tip to the post game press conference, here's a photo essay of Coach Turgeon's day vs North Carolina.
Game Pictures: North Carolina 83, Maryland 74
Coach Turgeon's Post Game Press Conference
We played well again. [We] played with great hustle and great effort. We did a lot of things really well. [We] had a stretch in the second half where we couldn't get into anything. Pe'Shon [Howard] was on the bench. [We] just didn't look like we could get into anything, and when [Tyler] Zeller was out I thought we could've made a run. And then we made some mistakes defensively and couldn't rebound. I know I'm going to watch the tape and probably be disappointed in our effort on the glass [which] is something I'm on these guys about. It was the number one key of the game for us and second was transition. We did a great job in transition, but we didn't do a great job boxing out and rebounding and a lot of it is just [North Carolina's] length and size. There's a reason they were preseason number one in the country. They have really good players and I thought their best players stepped up. [John] Henson, [Harrison] Barnes and Zeller stepped up when the game was on the line and made all the plays.
On his team's struggles rebounding:
It's really simple. I`ve never had more trouble getting a team to be more physical on box outs. We've worked on it, we talk about it, we work on it every day and some of it's going to be their length, but a lot it's going to be just us not competing on the glass when we need to compete. [If we] just could have gotten a couple rebounds in there it might have been a different outcome.
On the play of Alex Len as well as Berend Weijs:
Alex was really good. I thought him and Berend in the first half changed the game. I thought they protected the rim great, and Alex was much more aggressive with the basketball. We did a good job. I thought our post defense for the most part was pretty good. I thought our transition was pretty good. But Alex played well. I'm proud of him. He's young and played against two really good players and held his own, so [there were] a lot of positives.
On containing North Carolina:
I think it was a couple things. I think we really did a great job [defensively] and I thought they missed some open ones for us. But I've never in my coaching career sent three guys back when a shot goes up. We sent three guys back tonight and I thought our big guys did a great job of running back for the most part. [Kendall Marshall] is as good as I've ever seen. He's something else - 16 assists. He had six turnovers which is not his style. I like to think I can see things being a former point guard. He sees things coming on the break and he's really at another level.