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A trip back in time: Aaron Wiggins watches Mark Turgeon and Keith Gatlin square off in college

The junior guard reacts to seeing his high school and college head coaches face each other in the 1984 Great Alaska Shootout.

Graphic by Lila Bromberg

It was Nov. 23, 1984 in Anchorage, Alaska, and Maryland men’s basketball was set to face the Kansas Jayhawks in the Great Alaska Shootout.

On one side was a team full of Terrapin greats, such as Len Bias, Adrian Branch and Keith Gatlin. The opposing bench, coached by Larry Brown, centered around three time All-American Danny Manning. But there was another, perhaps even more familiar name on that roster: starting point guard Mark Turgeon.

The matchup was the only time Turgeon faced the Terps during his college playing career. A little over 26 years later, he was named the head coach of the Maryland men’s basketball program.

Guard Aaron Wiggins is averaging 13.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season under Turgeon, including 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds over his last 10 showings. But in high school, he played under Gatlin. Little did he know that two of the people that shaped his basketball career actually squared off against each other back in the ‘80s. So, I got together with Wiggins and Gatlin to go back into the film vault and watch some highlights from the 1984 matchup.