It could offer more of a chance to play for the 6-10 Dodd, who seems to be more of a natural shot blocker than the other two big men.

“Every game I go in and just say I’m playing Damonte,” Turgeon said. “I anticipated playing him against Providence and I didn’t. Do I anticipate playing him Friday? Yes. Will I? I don’t know.

“I think Damonte is a piece we don’t have as far as shot blocking, but hopefully as the season goes on, we can get him more and more time. Our schedule has just been very difficult to this point.”


Erratic foul shooting has already cost the Terps at least one game this season, and could be even more of a problem if Maryland doesn’t improve once the Atlantic Coast Conference season begins Dec. 12 at Boston College.

Maryland shot 15-for-24 in a 90-83 loss at home to Oregon State. For  the season, the Terps are 62.8 percent overall from the free-throw line, 12th among ACC teams and 281st (out of 345) in Division I.

The biggest culprit is Mitchell, who after hitting 27 of 50 free throws as a freshman is 7-for-25 this season. Mitchell missed four straight at a crucial point in Maryland’s failed comeback against Oregon State and was 2-for-9 in its win over Marist.

“Charles made a good percentage of them last year, especially when he had to have them,” Turgeon said. “I think the rest of the team should be 75 percent. I was really worried about it going into the Providence game because they shoot free throws so well and we haven’t been. I thought it could be the difference in the game, but it’s something that we have to get better at for us to be successful.”

Turgeon said he thought fatigue played an issue in the free-throw shooting issues late in the wins over Northern Iowa and Providence. But there is a mental side to it, both individually and as a team.

“It’s a confidence deal, too,” said Turgeon, who planned to have his team shoot a lot of free throws in practice Thursday. “Unfortunately, it’s contagious. It’s about the right guys getting fouled at the right time. If we get some guys early in the game and they’re in a flow and they get fouled and they’re 10-for-10 at halftime, that’s contagious. If they’re 6-for-13, that’s contagious, too. … We made just enough the other night.”