GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Maryland junior forward Evan Smotrycz's availability is in question for Thursday's ACC tournament second-round game against Florida State because of lower back spasms, an athletic department spokesman said.
Smotrycz warmed up a little prior to the game at the Greensboro Coliseum, but mostly stood on the sideline watching. Smotrycz is averaging 11 points and six rebounds and is coming off a game in which he scored 13 points -- all in the first half -- in Sunday's overtime win over then-No. 5 Virginia in College Park.
The Terps will start sophomore big men Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell, along with guards Dez Wells, Seth Allen and Nick Faust (City).
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It marks the second straight game Faust has started ahead of Jake Layman, who has struggled of late with his outside shooting. Cleare hasn't started since a Feb. 1 game at Virginia Tech, but played well in the last two games, victories over the Hokies and the Cavaliers.