Through ten games the Maryland Terrapins have turned the ball over on nearly 20% of their possessions, but in their 66-62 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday afternoon Mark Turgeon’s squad finished with just nine turnovers. Freshman Roddy Peters (five assists, three turnovers) has become more comfortable as the starting point guard, and both Nick Faust (five assists, two turnovers) and Evan Smotrycz (four assists, one turnover) were effective distributors against the Owls as well.
But there’s still a piece missing, and that is sophomore Seth Allen. Allen averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman, and he was expected to be the one running the show when practice began. But Allen broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during a practice, meaning that the Terrapins would be without him for 8-10 weeks.
On Saturday Turgeon stated that Allen, who is six weeks into his rehab process, remains on track for a return when Maryland dives back into ACC play according to Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore.
Allen, who has been out since early November after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot, underwent an X-ray on Thursday to assess his progress. Coach Mark Turgeon said on Friday that the timeline for his return remains the same as what it was when the procedure took place.
That’s good news for Maryland, which can certainly use some additional depth at the point. In addition to Peters the Terrapins started Dez Wells at the point and have even used Varun Ram in spot duty at the position. And when under control, Faust can help them in the distribution department as well. But Allen’s presence gives Maryland a player whose primary skill is that of a distributor.
If the Terrapins are to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid in their final season as a member of the ACC, they’ll need Allen to be back at full strength when he returns to the court.
The Atlantic 10 invades NBCSN and the NBC Sports app on Saturday with two games that will air as part of a doubleheader.
It starts with Fordham at UMass at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with Rhode Island heading to Duquesne at 2:30 p.m.
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During North Carolina’s blowout win over N.C. State on Jan. 8, the Tar Heels weren’t the only ones in the building who were feeling it.
As it turns out, North Carolina ball boy Asher Lucas was the hottest shooter of anyone in the building that night.
During halftime of that Jan. 8 game, Lucas nailed three consecutive halfcourt shots, as his father, Adam Lucas, a North Carolina columnist, released the video this week to YouTube. The video quickly went viral as Asher’s unreal streak of shots was all over TV and the Internet.
The Tar Heels have been struggling to find consistent perimeter shooting for the last few seasons, so maybe they need to start scouting Asher for a future roster spot.
Milwaukee picked up a Horizon League win on Friday night as guard Brock Stull knocked in a buzzer-beater to topple Cleveland State.
Stull only had four points on the night as he played 30 minutes and finished with five assists and six rebounds.
Oregon released a statement on Friday afternoon that said star forward Dillon Brooks had seen doctors and was in a walking boot, but gave no further update on his condition.
Brooks suffered what the program termed a “lower leg injury” on Thursday night against Cal. The injury was to his left leg – on replay, it looked like he rolled his ankle – which is concerning because his left foot is the foot that he injured over the summer, which caused him to miss the first three games of the season.
“He’ll be evaluated in the next couple of days and see where he’s at,” head coach Dana Altman said after Thursday’s game.
Allonzo Trier’s most recent drug test came back negative, meaning that the leading returning scorer for the Wildcats will be eligible to play on Saturday when Arizona plays a visit to UCLA.
Trier had been suspended for the first 19 games of the season following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. He appealed to the NCAA and actually won, claiming that he unknowingly ingested the substance after someone he trusted gave him a product to help him recover from a car accident during the offseason.
The NCAA’s stipulation, however, was that he could not play until the PED had cleared his system.
Trier averaged 14.8 points last season for Arizona. He’ll join a back court that already includes Kadeem Allen, Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons, as well as Kadeem Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Along with Lauri Markkanen, who has the look of a lottery pick, Trier was expected to be Arizona’s best player this season. While he has not been allowed to play this year, Trier has been practicing and traveling with the team. It may take him a while to work his way back into game shape and into the flow of the team, but it won’t be because he’s rusty.
The Wildcats are currently 17-2 on the year and 6-0 in the Pac-12. They play No. 3 UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. The Bruins are a game out of first place in the conference standings.