Maryland played nine players for at least 10 minutes on Wednesday.
It might again Saturday against Samford.
That’s life for Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon these days.
“It’s a guessing game,” Turgeon said. “I keep saying that. You guys have no idea.”
It certainly seemed like there was a plan on Wednesday to wear down Albany in what became an 83-72 Maryland victory. Turgeon frequently sent three or four players to the scorer’s table, setting up de facto line changes.
In reality, Turgeon was simply figuring out who was going to play well on that day.
“Once I figure out who’s playing well, that’s who I’m going to play,” Turgeon said. “I felt comfortable with Albany the other night I could sub like that and still come out on top. There might be other games where nine gets shortened to 8.5 or nine gets shortened to 7.5.”
And who those 7.5 or 8.5 are? That remains to be seen.
Turgeon, after all, is still trying to figure out how the pieces fit together – a task made difficult because it changes from game to game.
“I really don’t know what I’m going to get day to day from guys,” Turgeon said. “Offensively, Terrell [Stoglin]’s been pretty consistent in all the games. James Padgett has been pretty consistent as an offensive rebounder in all the games. Those are some of the things. Hopefully, each guy will become more consistent as we settle into roles.”