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Mark Turgeon says Maryland isn't going to the Sweet 16 just to show up

The Terps coach is confident ahead of Maryland's trip to the Sweet 16.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland held a basketball media availability on Tuesday afternoon, before the Terps take off for Louisville and the Sweet 16 on Wednesday morning.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon says Maryland's heading to Louisville with a clear purpose.

"We're not just going to show up," Turgeon said Tuesday. "We're going to win the game."

(Important correction: Earlier, our site had taken down Turgeon's quote as, "We're not just gonna show up. We're gonna win the game." In fact, Turgeon said "going to" show up and "going to" win the game, which, frankly, changes the meaning quite a bit from how it comes off using the contracted verbiage. I apologize for not noting it and making this distinction immediately.)

Context is always important with these things. If you know Turgeon, you know he's not taking sharp aim at Kansas, or anything like that. But Turgeon has a lot of belief that his team's going to win this game and play in the Elite Eight.

Maryland and Kansas will tip around 9:40 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winner moves on to face either Villanova or Miami in the South Region final on Saturday, for the right to go the Final Four. Kansas is a 6.5-point favorite.

Turgeon also thinks Maryland has a good matchup. We agree.