Mark Turgeon took John Calipari by surprise the first time they met. Calipari, then an assistant at Kansas, had scarcely heard of the diminutive Jayhawks guard when Turgeon came up and introduced himself.
“I remember him coming up to a table when we were having breakfast and Larry Brown had gotten the job and he said ‘I’m better than any point guard you have on your team,'” Calipari said. “We didn’t know who he was. It was like ‘What’s your name?’ He was confident, a little, 145-pound kid telling us this.”
Now the head coach at Maryland, Turgeon has a team big enough to push Kentucky around.
The Terrapins’ front line includes a rangy 7-footer and pair of 6-foot-8 forwards that can knock the Wildcats around in ways their two exhibition opponents couldn’t