Maryland leading scorer Dez Wells will play on Saturday against Oakland

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Maryland, which has jumped to No. 15 in the nation, was expected to get its leading scorer back in practice on Friday, five days before the Terrapins begin Big Ten play.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): Wells will play on Saturday against Oakland.

Wells, who was averaging 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, has been sidelined with a broken bone in his right wrist since Nov. 28.

In seven games without Wells, the Terrapins are 6-1 with the lone loss to then-No. 7 Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In Wells’ absence, junior wing Jake Layman is averaging 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week along with Indiana wing Troy Williams on Monday.

Earlier this month, the Terrapins reinserted Evan Smotrycz into the lineup after missing eight of first 10 games.

After Saturday’s non-conference matchup with Oakland, Maryland opens its first season of Big Ten play on Tuesday at Michigan State.