Maryland vs Illinois

12/3/2017 4:33:32 PM

I’m running out of things to say about this team. This run of underachievement has been demoralizing.

I don’t want to pile on and blame Turgeon. Terps Twitter is saying he can’t coach. I disagree. His game plan against Syracuse was great. He solved their zone. The Terps failed defensively.

To me, the larger issue is something a bit more nefarious. Players just dont seem to improve under Turgeon. If anything, many of them regress. Justin Jackson is just the latest one. He’s been a shell of himself since last February. He follows in the footsteps of Melo Trimble. A player who certainly did not regress to the degree of Jackson, but most would say that his freshman year was his best. Throw in guys like Jared Nickens or even a Chuckie Mitchell (both top 100 recruits) and there is a pattern.

Sure this is a young team and there will be lumps along the way but what’s happening with Jackson is not an anomaly.

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