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Turgeon’s patience, though, is starting to wane. Perhaps it is because an 18-game conference schedule commences in less than a month, a stretch the coach knows will go much further in determining his team’s fate than its opening 10 outings.

For now, he has a stretch of one game in 16 days, a time for improvement Maryland would be wise to exploit as the second half of the season draws closer.

“Our freshmen weren’t very good,” Turgeon said. “Everyone talks about what a great class this is. Well, to me you judge a class when they graduate. They have to get a lot better to get to where we want to be this year.”