Maryland honors Alyssa Thomas
Roddy Peters was the ace that head coach Mark Turgeon had not yet played off the bench to begin the season, then the stopgap while Seth Allen was injured, and now has had a smaller share of minutes off the bench.
For all the ways Peters has been shuffled into the deck this season, there’s one combination that hasn’t seen as much time, Turgeon said on a conference call Monday, that we might see down the stretch and into the postseason for the Terrapins.
“I like him and Seth together and get Seth off the ball,” Turgeon said. “You know, it just all depends on the situation but it’s something I, when Seth came back, I thought we would do more and it just hasn’t really worked out that way.”
That would give Turgeon the flexibility to play small ball while still exploiting the fact that Allen is more wired to score than he is to distribute. That could shift Dez Wells to the wing spot, if he so chose, giving Maryland three guards plus two forwards in the front court.
Life has gotten in the way of such plans, with Peters struggling for a portion of the middle of the season and Maryland already playing poorly defensively, keeping them from putting Peters on the floor as often.
But Turgeon says he is seeing an uptick in Peters’ progression, even if the box score wouldn’t necessarily indicate that.
“He’s been really coachable and that’s why he’s getting better,” Turgeon said on Monday. “He’s approaching the game a little bit kind of differently. He’s thinking of it as a point guard and not a scorer, which is important for us.”
He has only scored 12 points total in the past 12 games, but Turgeon says he is improving defensively and leaving the door open as to what his role will be down the stretch.
“I think he played 11 minutes yesterday [vs. Clemson],” he said. “I thought that was a good number. Maybe a little bit more can help us.”
Maryland plays again on Tuesday against Virginia Tech. Tip-off is at 8 p.m.