Midnight Madness returns to Cole Field House
Maryland starting point guard Seth Allen will miss 8-10 weeks after fracturing his foot in practice on Tuesday evening, the program announced in a release.
Allen fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot after landing awkwardly while driving to the basket. He is scheduled to have surgery to repair the injury on Thursday in Baltimore, the team said.
"We are devastated for Seth," said Maryland head coach Turgeon in a release. "He was playing at a very high level throughout the summer and fall and was poised to have an excellent start to the season. We will support Seth during his rehabilitation process and will prepare him, so he can get back on the court with his teammates."
With Allen's injury, junior Dez Wells could see time at point guard, shifting over from his natural shooting guard position. Wells' ability to get to the basket would open up opportunities on the perimeter with Maryland's shooting duo of Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz, but Maryland could also find itself in the same predicament as last season.
Without a true point guard, the Terrapins' interior offensive game could suffer.
Freshman Roddy Peters will also be pushed into the spotlight at the lead guard position. So far during the preseason, Peters has split time with Allen running the point.
The learning curve for Peters must now be adjusted with the team's exhibition coming on Sunday and its season opener eight days away on Nov. 8 against Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Peters is best in transition, where he uses his size to see over the defense and find players in a position to score. The staff has been working extensively with him to improve his awareness in the half-court, where he is still adjusting to the pace of the college game.
The 8-10 timetable for Allen would put him back on the court between Dec. 25 and Jan. 8. Maryland takes on Tulsa on Dec. 29, North Carolina Central on Dec. 31, Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, and Pittsburgh on Jan. 6.