The Maryland Terrapins will be without starting point guard Seth Allen for at least the next eight-to-ten weeks after he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot.
The injury, while not season-ending, is at least temporarily a huge loss for a team that does not have a lot of depth at the point guard position.
The Terps could turn to freshman Roddy Peters, a five-star recruit, but that might be a bit much for him to handle. It's more likely that the Terps look at using Nick Faust or Dez Wells as the primary ball-handlers, which is something they did last season when Pe'Shon Howard as hurt and struggled and Allen battled turnover problems.
Turgeon announced that, for now, he will be letting Wells handle the point-guard duties. Wells is obviously a very dangerous player when he is attacking the basket off the dribble, but it remains to be seen how well he will function as the team's primary ball-handler and the guy who gets the Terps into their offensive sets.
Faust played a lot of point guard toward the end of the past two seasons because of injuries and lack of talent at the position, but the results were mixed. Varun Ram, a walk-on, could also see some minutes here and there to give some of the team's top guards a breather.
Turgeon probably wants to shy away from throwing Peters into the fire immediately after seeing how much Allen struggled last year as a freshman trying to play point guard.
Maryland should be an NCAA tournament team this season, but they can't afford to drop a bunch of games at the beginning of the year. Maryland's out-of-conference schedule isn't difficult, but it is much tougher than last year. A slow start to the season could really haunt them when the tournament selection committee gathers in March.
The Terps will get a look at their new lineup and rotation Sunday when they take on Catholic University in an exhibition game at 1 p.m. at the Comcast Center. The regular season tips off Friday night at Madison Square Garden as the Terps take on the Connecticut Huskies.