Small lineups in store for Terps against Fairfield
Look for Maryland to operate with "some interesting" power forwards, as Coach Gary Williams put it, against Fairfield at Comcast Center on Tuesday night. With three frontcourt members likely to miss tomorrow night's game, the Terrapins likely will spend some time operating with a four-guard lineup.
At last check, sophomore forward Steve Goins remains out with a lingering knee injury, junior forward Dino Gregory's status remains unsettled ("It is what it is," Williams said Monday when asked about Gregory.) and sophomore forward Jin Soo Choi likely will sit out against Fairfield with an ankle injury he suffered Friday night against Charleston Southern.
"Kind of, sort of," sophomore guard Sean Mosley said when asked if he was concerned about the team's frontcourt depth. "Jin Soo twisted his ankle a little bit and will probably be out for tomorrow's game. Now it's an opportunity for guys to step up and show Coach what they can do while Jin Soo's down. It definitely hurts the team a little bit because we don't have that many big men. It definitely hurts us a little bit."
Williams said Choi's right ankle is being treated daily. "We'll see," Williams said. "I've seen ankles last two weeks. I've seen guys come back from ankles in three days. A lot depends on the severity of the sprain. There's nothing I can do. I can just wait until he decides to play and (team trainer) J.J. (Bush) feels he can go."
Without Goins, Gregory or Choi, Maryland's frontcourt options are down to senior forward Landon Milbourne, freshman forward James Padgett and freshman center Jordan Williams, each of whom played well in the regular season opener. Still, with only three big men available, Williams knows he'll have to take advantage of his bevy of talented guards.
"It gets thin pretty quick, so we're going to have to be able to adjust if you get in foul trouble or whatever," Williams said.
We'll discuss Maryland's options in more detail tomorrow, but it's safe to assume Mosley will be seeing some time at power forward against Fairfield.
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