North Carolina coach Roy Williams was instrumental in helping Mark Turgeon get the job at Maryland.
Now he has to face his former assistant for the first time when the fifth-ranked Tar Heels travel to College Park for Saturday's ACC matchup.
Turgeon was a former player for Larry Brown at Kansas, coaching under Brown and then Williams for four seasons with the Jayhawks. When long-time Maryland coach Gary Williams left in May, Roy Williams helped lobby for his former assistant with Terrapins athletics director Kevin Anderson.
"I had discussions with Mark and (Kevin) over a two-day period," Roy Williams said. "Just thought it was a great fit for Mark, that he would do a great job at Maryland for everybody. I thought it was a win-win for both parties."
The friends have never faced each other.
"It's going to be weird coaching against him," Roy Williams said. "I've always wanted him to win every single game he's been involved with."
Turgeon, meanwhile, was ejected when he drew back-...