Alex Len hasn’t played more than 20 minutes in any of Maryland’s last three games.
Foul trouble zapped him at Florida State. A sprained right ankle held him to seven minutes against Temple. And then foul trouble again surfaced Wednesday against Duke.
“He’s been fouling too much,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “I think it’s anxiousness and nerves. Pretty sure I’m going to do that again tomorrow and try and see if that helps him relax. I am glad he played in that game. I keep saying the more games our young kids are in, the better we’re going to handle it as we go forward.”
Forward Ashton Pankey drew his first start since Dec. 23 —- the last game before Len became eligible —- when Len came off the bench in Wednesday’s 74-61 loss to Duke. Len logged 12 minutes and scored two points against the Blue Devils.
However, Turgeon is optimistic Len’s injury won’t be a major factor going forward.
“I think he’s fine,” Turgeon said. “This part of the season, you get bumps and bruises and aches and pains. We’re trying to rest our guys as much as possible. When certain guys aren’t playing as much, they’re doing extra. We’re just trying to do as much as we can to stay fresh going into February.”
—- Patrick Stevens