Maryland men’s basketball guard Eric Ayala expected to return from groin injury against No. 7 Michigan

Maryland men’s basketball guard Eric Ayala will play at No. 7 Michigan on Tuesday night after missing the past two games with a groin injury, coach Mark Turgeon announced.

Ayala, who initially suffered the injury Christmas Day against Purdue and aggravated it during an 89-67 loss at No. 5 Iowa on Jan. 7, will likely come off the bench.


“How much he plays depends on how well he plays and how he’s kind of adapting,” Turgeon said Monday. “We’re a little worried about his conditioning because he’s been out a while, but he’s going to play.”

Ayala, a junior, has assumed lead point guard duties this season and is averaging a team-high 14 points, along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.


Sophomore guard Hakim Hart has started at point guard in place of Ayala the last two games — an upset at then-No. 12 Illinois and a home blowout of Division II Wingate — and will likely do so again Tuesday night. Hart is averaging 9.4 points on 50% shooting from the field.


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