Maryland Men’s Basketball team clinched a share of the Big Ten Regular-season title with a 83-70 win over Michigan Sunday at the Xfinity Center, the team’s first since joining the conference in 2014.
After the team’s win, Turgeon talked about some of the pressure this accomplishment takes off of his guys ahead of the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. Rick ‘Doc’ Walker and Al Galdi discussed on Monday’s The Doc and Galdi Show Turgeon’s post-game comments.
“I thought the way he was talking perfectly captures this, which is ‘great accomplishment, great win, but as we’ve discussed, it’s just not going to mean a lot if you don’t embark on a deep, i.e. at least Sweet 16, NCAA Tournament run’,” Galdi began. “I think he gets that.”
In just eight years, Turgeon only has one Sweet 16 to show for in the NCAA Tournament.
Doc and Galdi also illuminate the contributions that Eric Ayala and Aaron Wiggins made Sunday. The two combined for 34 total points, including both going 3/4 from three-point range. Doc and Galdi have adamantly stated that the Terps need someone else, not named Anthony Cowan or Jalen Smith, to rely on night in and night out if the Terps want to have a chance at a National Championship.
“They earned their scholarship,” Doc said after Ayala and Wiggins’ strong outing. “To see Ayala rebound the way he did, Wiggins was defending. If you can sorta capture that and carry it with you moving forward, what you got from Wiggins and Ayala, you’re going to make a deep run in the Tournament because you can count on Cowan and Smith,” Galdi added.
The Big Ten tournament begins Wednesday. However, the Terrapins, who enter the tournament as the 3 seed, won’t suit up again until Friday.