COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Mark Turgeon has worked magic in his second season at Maryland, leading his young team to 7-1 start that would suggest the Terrapins could be a force in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Or is it just an illusion?
"Our perception is a lot better than reality right now," Turgeon said Wednesday night after the Terrapins notched their seventh straight victory, a 100-68 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Sure, Maryland's victims include Morehead State, Georgia Southern and LIU-Brooklyn. But the seven-game run -- which followed a season-opening 72-69 defeat against Kentucky -- featured a 77-57 road win over previously unbeaten Northwestern in which the Terps outscored the Wildcats 49-31 after halftime.
That was the game that got people saying this Maryland team just might be pretty good.
"We played a nice game at Northwestern, really guarding them and executing the second half. We showed strides," Turgeon said. "But we've got so far to go. I just don't want people thi...