Mark Turgeon has been on a tirade this week. It started with officiating complaints on Sunday, when he accused Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson of being allowed to “bully” the Terrapins in Sunday’s 79-72 loss to the Buckeyes. Now, even after a win, the Maryland head coach has found something else to gripe about.
Maryland pulled out a victory in a nail-biter against Minnesota on Wednesday night, downing the Golden Gophers 74-73 at Williams Arena. While you’d think Turgeon would be elated to escape Minneapolis with a victory and get one step closer to winning a B1G regular season title. Instead, he seemed pretty upset.
The reason? Scheduling.
After the game, Turgeon complained about having a 9 p.m. ET tip-off time on the road Wednesday night. It might be a legitimate complaint, but this is also something that’s been going on for decades now. This wasn’t a sudden change.
“My goal is to be in my driveway before 4:30 (a.m),” Turgeon barked. “We played a nine o’clock eastern game at Minnesota on a weeknight. Makes no sense.”
Turgeon then stormed off.
Mark Turgeon finding a new way to complain about life in the Big Ten in every postgame interview he does is an interesting strategy pic.twitter.com/RI3vsjBJLZ
— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) February 27, 2020
Late-night games have often been a complaint in college basketball, especially on weeknights. It just seems odd that it timing was a major concern of Turgeon’s immediately following the game.
And, it doesn’t help that he spent the three previous days complaining about Wesson’s play on Sunday.
Perhaps the pressure of closing out a B1G regular season title is getting to Turgeon in the final two weeks of the regular season. Or maybe he’s just tired of keeping quiet.