Freshman center Shaquille Cleare will get his second career start when the Terps take on Miami on Sunday night in Coral Gables, Fla.
Maryland will employ Cleare in a big lineup with 7-footer Alex Len, coach Mark Turgeon said today.
Len will play power forward with Cleare at center. "That's a big '4,' " Cleare said of Len. "It's going to be kind of scary. I think it's going to be a great lineup."
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Regular starters Nick Faust and Dez Wells are also likely to open the game, and Turgeon said he’s still deciding on his point guard.
Pe’Shon Howard is the regular point guard starter. But freshman Seth Allen has combined for 34 points in the past two games and could supplant Howard, who went scoreless in Wednesday night’s 65-62 loss to Florida State.
The multi-talented Allen also had five turnovers on Wednesday night, and there’s been a question of whether he’s ready to run the team.
The Terps have started five different lineups heading into Sunday night’s game. Turgeon has said he’s still figuring out who his best players are.
He said he was disappointed that Maryland wasn’t tough enough in the second half against the Seminoles -- he used the word “lackadaisical” -- and that it surrendered 10 offensive rebounds after halftime.
He said of Cleare: “He does everything I ask every day. And we’re playing a big team, too.”
Cleare said his job will be to rebound and play defense -- "the dirty work," he called it.
Turgeon said he is wary of Miami’s experience. Starters Durand Scott, Kenny Kadji and Trey McKinney Jones are all seniors.
“They’ve got guys that have been there forever. We’ve just got puppies,” Turgeon said.