/Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has tearful speech after heartbreaking loss to LSU

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has tearful speech after heartbreaking loss to LSU

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Maryland coach Mark Turgeon got choked up after his team’s last-second NCAA tournament loss to LSU on Saturday. 

When asked by reporters what he told his players after a heartbreaking loss that saw the Terrapins one possession away from the Sweet 16, a tearful Turgeon couldn’t hold back his emotion. 

Turgeon said he told his players (via WUSA): “That I love ’em. I love coaching them. They made coaching fun again. I was proud of em. And they represented our school all year the right way. They’re all great kids. And I don’t know why it didn’t go our way today. But they deserved better. And they can hold their heads high.”

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Turgeon led a Maryland team that ranked as the fourth youngest in the nation to the program’s fourth NCAA tournament appearance in five years as a No. 6 seed.

The Terps escaped Belmont in the first round before coming up short Saturday after Tremont Waters’ game-winning lay-up to end their season.

It was an up-and-down year for a Maryland team that never fully established consistency, but their tournament showing helped erase much of those growing pains. 

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