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ACC Report: Terps mull lineup change

BY NATHAN WARTERS

A lineup change could be in store for Maryland when it hosts No. 14 N.C. State on Wednesday night.

Terrapins second-year coach Mark Turgeon said during Monday’s ACC teleconference that he’d consider moving sophomore Nick Faust to point guard to get more production out of the position.

“We’ve talked about it. We actually practiced Nick at the point last week,” Turgeon said. “It’s just really hard right now, not a lot of practice time, a lot of games piling up on us. He knows the position. He wants to play it, and it’s something we’re looking at most definitely.”

Freshman Seth Allen, a Fredericksburg Christian School product, and junior Pe’Shon Howard have struggled at the point during Maryland’s current two-game losing streak.

In his second career start Sunday at Miami, Allen finished with four points on 2 of 8 shooting and one assist in 29 minutes. He played better after halftime and helped the Terps make a late comeback, but he has only two assists and eight turnovers in the last three games.

Howard has gone three straight games without a field goal and has missed 13 straight shots over that stretch, including nine 3-pointers. He had only one assist in 17 minutes against Miami and only two assists in his last two games.

Battered Blue Devils

Duke senior forward Ryan Kelly will be out indefinitely with a foot injury, but the Blue Devils should get senior guard Seth Curry back for their home game against Georgia Tech on Thursday, coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Curry suffered a sprained left ankle Saturday when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor late in the second half of the Blue Devils’ 84–76 loss at N.C. State. He did not return to the game.

Krzyzewski described the injury as a slight sprain.

“There wasn’t a lot of swelling after the game, and it looked pretty good [Sunday],” Krzyzewski said Monday. “Unless something else happens, he’ll be available for Thursday.”

Kelly, on the other hand, is expected to be out for a prolonged period of time after suffering a right foot injury Tuesday against Clemson. Kelly has been wearing a walking boot and using crutches to reduce the load on his foot.

“We’ll see week-to-week what that does,” Krzyzewski said. “We’re hopeful that he’ll be back at some time.”

We don’t want to put a time out there where he’s trying to compete against a time. Rather, [we want to] make sure we’re taking care of the injury.”

Kelly’s absence should mean more playing time for Fredericksburg native Josh Hairston, who made his first start of the season Saturday at N.C. State and scored a season-high eight points.

No timetable for Wood

Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said he does not expect to get freshman forward Marshall Wood (broken foot) back for this Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.

“They’ve looked at his X-rays. Everything looked good, and the healing process is going good, but he’s not ready to play,” Johnson said.

Even though Wood is progressing, Johnson said he still has no timetable for his return.

The Hokies have had only seven scholarship players to work with since Wood went down with his injury Dec. 15 against Georgia Southern. Virginia Tech is 2–4 in Wood’s absence.

WEEKLY honors

N.C. State senior forward Richard Howell was named ACC Player of the Week and Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan was the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Howell had 16 points and 18 rebounds in the 20th-ranked Wolfpack’s 84–76 win over then-No. 1 Duke on Saturday. He averaged a double-double (11 points, 15 rebounds) in two games last week to help lead N.C. State to a 3–0 mark in ACC play.

Hanlan averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, four assists and 3.5 steals in road wins last week against Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Nathan Warters: 540/374-5442

nwarters@freelancestar.com

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