Mark Turgeon's version of Small Ball will be put on hold a while.
Following the news of Pe'Shon Howard's broken foot - which could sideline him anywhere from six weeks to three months (yes, that's a wide range) - Maryland's new head coach has had to re-assess.
"I really felt good about the eight guys we've got," Turgeon told CBSSports.com on Thursday afternoon.
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That's four perimeter players and three up front.
Turgeon was set to play an undersized lineup for much of the time that had Howard, Terrell Stoglin, Sean Mosley and either freshman Nick Faust or sophomore Mychal Parker. In that scenario, the 6-foot-4 Mosley would likely be at the four spot.
"We can't do that now - at least not as much," Turgeon admitted. "Not with just four perimeter guys. That makes it tough."
Turgeon raved about Stoglin's ability to score the basketball (and his abiliity overall) and also said that Parker has been extremely coachable - an area that's been questioned in the past.
He also said he's optimistic that Howard could return sooner than the 2-3 months that doctors project.
"I'm going to pray," he said.
Turgeon will also be praying that the NCAA doesn't hit Ukrainian 7-footer Alex Len with a stiff penalty. He's only got three big guys - and all three are unproven.
James Padgett averaged just 8.7 minutes per game last season, skilled senior Berend Weijs averaged 5.2 minutes and Ashton Pankey, who will bring a defensive/rebounding presence, redshirted last year.