For the most part, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has yet to make a significant and potentially lasting adjustment to his starting lineup this season.
There was a two-game stretch of fielding alternate lineups in the hopes of getting every player in the Terrapins’ rotation some starting experience. But even those came against Maryland-Eastern Shore and South Carolina State, games Maryland (11-1) could safely pencil in as victories beforehand.
Those were two of the weaker teams to come to Comcast Center over the last month as the Terps have piled up victories in games that frankly haven’t revealed a lot about a much-improved team.
“Right now, it hasn’t matter to be quite honest with you,” Turgeon said.
Tuesday’s date with IUPUI (6-11) is Maryland’s final nonconference game, and while it doesn’t offer quite the same meaning as the Terps’ looming ACC play, it still could produce something interesting.
Like, say, a lineup change.
“There could be a change in the lineup for tomorrow,” Turgeon said. “I’ll sleep on it tonight and decide. I have a good feel for what lineup is our best lineup, what lineup is our best defensive lineup. I think we’ve gotten a feel for that. The thing that’s nice is a lot of guys have gotten better —- across the board.”
If there is a lineup tweak, the most obvious place might be at power forward. Freshman Charles Mitchell is coming off a 19-point, 14-rebound effort that earned him ACC freshman of the week honors.
Yet Turgeon indicated Saturday’s rout of Delaware State would not be the primary impetus for any change.
“Moreso what’s been happening in practice the last 10 days,” Turgeon said.
—- Patrick Stevens