Topeka native and Kansas alum Mark Turgeon has guided his Maryland team into the Sweet 16 against a matchup against his alma mater.
Turgeon, a 1983 Hayden graduate, is in fifth season as the head coach of the Terrapins, who will take on top-seeded Kansas on Thursday (8:40 p.m. CT, CBS) in Louisville, Ky.
“I’m just glad we’re there,” Turgeon said. “They’re the best team in the country. We’ve got a quick turnaround, but we’re just excited to be in the game.”
No. 5-seed Maryland (27-8) will be making its first Sweet 16 appearance in 13 years after beating 13-seed Hawaii 73-60 on Sunday.
“We’ve got a great group of guys and we played well defensively and they bought in to team defense today,” Turgeon said. “We weren’t great offensively, but we were good enough to win. I’m really happy for these guys. They’ve been through a lot this year and I’m just happy we made it to the Sweet 16.”
It is the second time Turgeon has taken a team to the Sweet Sixteen as he also took Wichita State there in 2006.
Turgeon is 364-217 in 18 seasons as a head coach, which includes stops at Maryland (2011-present), Texas A&M (2007-11), Wichita State (2000-07), and Jacksonville State (1998-2000). He played at Kansas from 1983-87 after winning two state titles at Hayden.