Maryland coach Mark Turgeon wasn't mincing any words after the Terrapins' first game of the season, a 72-69 loss to No. 3 Kentucky.
After overcoming horrid first half shooting and then using a 15-0 run to get in front of the Wildcats, Maryland fell short.
''We're going to win,'' Turgeon said. ''We didn't win tonight but we are going to win.''
Maryland put on an impressive rebounding effort against the Wildcats, finishing with a 54-38 advantage including 28-13 on the offensive end.
What the Terrapins needed was one or two more 3-pointers to fall in a 3-for-19 effort from behind the line.
''They missed a lot of 3s they will make,'' Kentucky coach John Calipari said. ''They were one of two 3s from beating us.''
Seven-foot-1 sophomore center Alex Len had career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds.
''I feel much more comfortable,'' Len said. ''I got a little bit stronger over the summer and I worked really hard to put some weight and it helped me.''
Calipari said Len ''was a beast...