Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon expects Alex Len to play Wednesday against No. 8 Duke at Comcast Center but is unclear how many effective minutes the Terps will get from their 7-1 center after he twisted an ankle in Saturday’s 73-60 loss at Temple.
“How much [he’ll play]--and how healthy he’ll be—we’ll see,” Turgeon said during the ACC’s weekly conference call Monday. “That could change between now and Wednesday.
According to Turgeon, Len had treatment on his ankle Sunday but was in class much of the day Monday, making further treatment difficult.
“We’ll see when practice comes around today if he’s going to be able to go,” Turgeon said. “He’s a little sore.”
Len was limited to seven minutes against Temple, suffering the injury midway through the game’s first half. To that point, he hadn’t taken a shot nor managed a rebound, committing two fouls and turning the ball over once. The loss dropped Maryland to 12-6 overall (2-2, ACC).
“He played well the first few games and well against North Carolina State,” Turgeon said. “He seems to be in foul trouble a lot. Obviously on Saturday he got hurt early, but he wasn’t doing much before he got hurt.
Asked what he felt was behind Len’s struggles after a strong showing in his first four games, Turgeon said: “It might be a confidence thing. Teams have been able to scout him a little bit. He hasn’t gotten into the flow the last couple games. We need him on the floor because defensively he gives us a presence around the rim, and he hasn’t given us that the last couple games. It would be nice to get him back on the floor and at least get that out of him.”
Duke (16-3, 2-1) is averaging 80.5 points per game (10th best in NCAA Division I) and shooting 49.2 percent from the field.
Fans are urged to arrive early for Wednesday’s 9 p.m. tip-off at Comcast Center, with the pre-game ceremony in which the court will be named for former coach Gary Williams scheduled for 8:40 p.m.