Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he continued to practice Nick Faust at point guard today. He said that freeing Seth Allen from point-guard duties might enable the freshman to score more.
Maryland needs the scoring. The Terps, who host No. 14 N.C. State Wednesday night, are averaging 74.8 points.
But Maryland is averaging 67.7 points in Atlantic Coast Conference games. The Terps scored just 47 points in a seven-point loss to Miami on Sunday night.
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Allen can be a dangerous scorer, particularly when he’s playing off the ball. Allen has scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
Pe’Shon Howard, who was the starting point guard until Sunday night’s game, is 0-for-13 from the floor in his three ACC games.
"My message since the last game is, 'Quit feeling sorry for yourself because no one else is," Turgeon said when asked today about Howard. He said Howard was "pouting."
Turgeon says the Terps, who have lost two in a row since starting the season 13-1, are playing as hard as ever. But he’s worried that they might be trying to do too much individually to get the team back to winning.
“Because it’s not going well, we’re not playing as together as much as we were. We’re being a little more selfish—you can tell by our assist to turnover ratio,” the coach said.
How bad are things going?
“We just can’t make a freaking shot,” Dez Wells said. “We cannot make a shot at all, like we’re playing really good defense. It’s a lid on the cylinder.
The N.C. State game is sold out, and the Terps plan to debut new uniforms.