Maryland will be without starting point guard Seth Allen for an unknown period. (IMS file photo by Bill Bride)
Maryland guard Seth Allen suffered a stress fracture in his left foot this week and will miss eight to 10 weeks.
Allen, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, was slated to start for the Terps at point guard. In his absence, coach Mark Turgeon could move freshman Roddy Peters into the starting lineup or move sophomore wing guard Nick Faust back to the spot he’s manned out of necessity at times during his first two years. Junior shooting guard Dez Wells could also assume some ballhandling duties.
Per Maryland's press release, Allen suffered the injury at the conclusion of Tuesday evening's practice as he drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on his left foot. He is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday in Baltimore.
"We are devastated for Seth," said head coach Mark 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."
His absence is a big blow to a team hoping to resolve issues at the point after a turnover-riddled 2012-2013 season. Former point guard Pe’Shon Howard transferred to Southern California – he was likely to play a diminishing role this season – and five-star recruit Peters, though dynamic on the fast break, is still learning how to run the offense.
With Allen sidelined, the Terps are down to eight healthy scholarship players. They play an exhibition Sunday against Catholic University and open the regular season on Nov. 8 against Connecticut.