By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun
4:57 PM PST, November 19, 2012
COLLEGE PARK —
Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon had to reschedule this team's practice Monday in preparation for Tuesday's game against Lafayette in order to attend the campus news conference to announce the school's move to the Big Ten from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The change of plans should not impact the Terps, considering that they have won their past two games in double-digits over Morehead State and Long Island-Brooklyn. Their Patriot League opponent Tuesday is coming off a 52-point loss at Kentucky.
Maryland opened its 2012-13 season with a 72-69 loss to the defending national champion and currently No. 3 ranked Wildcats at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tuesday's game, like the previous three, is part of the Barclays Classic.
Here are a couple of things to watch going into the game against Lafayette.
MARYLAND'S STARTING LINEUP: After starting the same group for his first three games — not deviating even during halftime — Turgeon switched out struggling sophomore Nick Faust (10 of 29 shooting this season) for freshman Jake Layman at halftime. It's possible that freshman Seth Allen, who had a career-high 19 points in the win over LIU-Brooklyn, including 16 in the second half, could start alongside junior Pe'Shon Howard (13 assists vs. LIU) and Dez Wells (15 points, eight rebounds), as well as senior James Padgett and sophomore Alex Len up front.
EXCITEMENT ABOUT WELLS: Wells was supposed to be Maryland's go-to-guy this season after being one of the top freshmen in the Atlantic 10 last season at Xavier. Wells, who regained his eligibility from the NCAA only two days before the Kentucky game, said after the win over LIU-Brooklyn that took some pressure off himself after talking with Turgeon and his mother. The 6-5 sophomore guard from Raleigh, N.C., is the most explosive Maryland player off the dribble since Steve Francis, and according to Turgeon, is only beginning to resemble the player he remembered seeing in high school.
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