By Matt Norlander
Maryland is a borderline NIT team now, especially since Pe'Shon Howard is out for the year. It's Mark Turgeon's first year and he's building up the program. Gonna take a few years to get Terrapins basketball back to an elite level, and to make that happen faster than expected, he'll need the guys Gary Williams recruited to "buy in."
That means everyone of consequence can't act up. Can't get selfish. In its first game without Howard, how'd the team respond? It lost respectably at Duke, 73-55. The final score wasn't indicative to the fact Maryland actually hung around at Cameron Indoor. It didn't feel like a blowout.
Somebody has a problem, though. Sophomore Terell Stoglin, who takes the third-highest percentage of his team's shots in the nation, doesn't like getting benched. Stoglin eats up a lot of Maryland's possessoins, but in a game where he was taken away from the action, he couldn't handle it. Bad sign. In fact, he had a mini meltdown -- were else -- on Twitter shortly after the game ended.
That tweet is only the start of it. There's a lot of profanity related to the benching in subsequent rants. Those tweets are still up as of the time of this post, but if they get predictably deleted, Searching for Billy Edelin has the R-rated screengrab.
Stoglin's line: 13 points in 30 minutes of 4-of-16 shooting and 0 for 6 from 3. He sat for the stretch run, from about six minutes until 2:17 was left in the game and Maryland trailed by 12. He's a really good player on the court, but really good players all around accept when they're having a bad game and understand a coach's job. Stoglin's not there yet.