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Thursday, January 26, 2012
3-point shot: Turgeon high on Maryland

By Andy Katz

1. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Tuesday that coming to Maryland was the best decision of his life. He said his family absolutely loves living in the D.C. area. He also is confident that he can get the Terps turned around. So, too, is Gary Williams. Williams had nothing but praise for Turgeon. Meanwhile, assistant coach Dalonte Hill will come off his two-game DUI suspension for the Terps' game against Virginia Tech on Saturday. Additional in-house penalties were assessed against Hill.

2. Watching Boise State-UNLV on Wednesday night reminded me of what the Broncos will be missing by leaving the Mountain West after just two seasons. It was a football decision to go to the Big East and send the other sports back to the WAC in 2013, but Boise will lose some of the atmosphere it is starting to get in hoops. Playing ranked conference foes such as the Runnin' Rebels will most likely not happen all that much anymore. Boise State has a strong, passionate fan base but it won’t be fully tapped without the occasional ranked team coming to Boise.

3. Check out the A-10 standings Thursday morning and try to figure out who is going to the tournament. There is a five-team tie for first and Temple and Xavier aren’t among the five. Saint Louis, UMass, La Salle, Dayton and St. Bonaventure are all at 4-2 in the conference. Temple is 3-2 and Xavier 4-3. The league is as competitively balanced as it’s been, but will that translate into multiple bids — as in three or four? Tough call if the teams continue to knock each other out.