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Allen's return could boost Terps, but problems remain on interior

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Maryland Terrapins guard Seth Allen returned from a stress fracture in his foot to lead the Terps past Tulsa and giving the team a boost heading into ACC play.

Allen's return gives the Terps a more stable, experienced option at point guard and more depth. It means less pressure on Roddy Peters and fewer minutes for Varun Ram, who isn't an ACC-caliber player.

It also gives the Terps another outside shooter to loosen up opposing defenses. It will be interesting to see if Allen has grown from last year and does a better job of taking care of the basketball as the team's star point guard.

While Allen's return will certainly help, Maryland's problem remains in the low-post. The Terps have no quality big men that can be relied upon to consistently score down low and defend the paint.

Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare have not developed as expected and Damonte Dodd is still a project as a freshman. It's now clear how much Alex Len really meant to this team, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.

Maryland's perimeter defense has been an issue all season long. Too many players are being beat off the dribble, leading to layups. This may have also been an issue last year, but Len's presence at the rim covered up the problem.

Mitchell is the closest thing Maryland has to an impact player in the frontcourt, but he is still too inconsistent. The Lonnie Baxter comparisons were a bit premature.

Maryland also needs more consistent efforts out of Jake Layman and Nick Faust, who both tend to suddenly disappear at times. A lot was expected out of Layman this year, and he needs to become more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor.



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