Seth Allen cleared, could return for Maryland vs. Tulsa

Seth Allen cleared, could return for Maryland vs. Tulsa
December 28, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Mark Turgeon searching for answers after loss to BU

(Associated Press)

COLLEGE PARK--Maryland point guard Seth Allen has been cleared by doctors to participate in practice and in games and could make his return as early as tomorrow night against Tulsa, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon told the media Saturday afternoon.

Allen has been out after undergoing surgery early last month to repair a broken bone in his left foot. The original timetable for his return was between eight and ten weeks. This past Thursday marked eight weeks for Allen.

“The whole thing is the doctor said, ‘It’s healed, he’s free to go,’” Turgeon said. “To me it’s either broke or it’s not broke. Well, it’s not broke anymore."

Allen participated in practice on Friday and today, Saturday, as Maryland prepared for Sunday's game.

“He’s favoring it a little bit, but didn’t have any pain, which is good. We’re just taking it one day at a time to see what we can get out of him … We’ll see how he reacts.”

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Without Allen in the lineup, Maryland has had a revolving carousel at point guard, including junior Dez Wells, freshman Roddy Peters, and D-III transfer Varun Ram. Swingman Nick Faust has also seen time at the position when depth became an issue.

Maryland ranks 218th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio with just 0.93 assists for every one turnover committed.

“It’ll be a process,” Turgeon said, tapering expectations for Allen’s return. “I don’t think we can expect [Allen] to play a lot of minutes tomorrow night and be fantastic. If he’s not sore and everything goes good, we’ll try to give him a few minutes each half and then just go from there.”

Tip-off between Maryland and Tulsa is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday evening at Comcast Center in College Park.

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