Point guard Pe’Shon Howard (flu) did not travel with the Maryland men’s basketball team and will miss Wednesday’s game at Florida State, an athletics spokesman announced.
The spokesman said Howard practiced on Tuesday afternoon but felt worse as the session wore on, so the team made the decision to keep him in College Park.
The junior point guard began the season ranked among the ACC leaders in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio, but has seen his minutes decline since ACC play began and has come off the bench for the past five games, playing no more than 21 minutes in that span.
Other than junior John Auslander, who is out for the season with a fractured left tibia, Maryland has remained relatively healthy to this point. No member of its 10-man rotation has missed a full game, though Howard and Nick Faust have both sat for extended minutes at separate stages. Howard played just nine minutes against Maryland-Eastern Shore with a stomach ailment, while Faust appeared for only five minutes against Virginia Tech with back spasms.
Even with his dwindling minutes, Howard served as Coach Mark Turgeon’s backup point guard off the bench, often defending an opponent’s best guard as well. He matched up against Seth Curry, for instance, during the Terps’ 84-64 loss against Duke on Saturday.
Howard’s absence creates an even more interesting situation at point guard for Maryland, which will likely turn to Faust as its primarily ballhandler, sprinkling in sets with Dez Wells and Seth Allen at the one.
The Terps tip off against the Seminoles at 8 p.m.