Just when the stories start to roll out on Maryland's readiness to make a big leap, the team suffers a setback like this. Sophomore starting point guard Seth Allen fractured his left foot during team practice Monday, the school announced.
Allen averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 assists in 22 minutes last season.
It's the fifth metatarsal in Allen's left foot that's been cracked, and so the timeline as of now is 8-10 weeks.
"Allen suffered the injury at the conclusion of Tuesday evening's practice as he drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on his left foot," per the school's release. "He is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday, which will be performed by Dr. Craig Bennett at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore.
Coach Mark Turgeon said the program is "devastated" for Allen over this injury, adding, "He was playing at a very high level throughout the summer and fall and was poised to have an excellent start to the season."
The Terps' season will begin without Allen on Nov. 8, in Brooklyn, against UConn. Allen started seven games last season. While Allen rehabs, it's possible Maryland could go point-guard-by-committee, opting to try out freshman Roddy Peters' abilities, in addition to vets Dez Wells and Nick Faust.