DURHAM, N.C. --- Seth Allen was late to a team meeting. The ramifcations for the Maryland freshman guard were significant.
Allen was held out of the first half of Saturday's 84-64 loss at No. 1 Duke as a disciplinary measure. He entered after the first media timeout of the second half and finished with two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes.
Coach Mark Turgeon said the discipline was an "internal deal."
"It’s nothing bad," Turgeon said. "A little bit late for a meeting. I don’t want it to become chronic. The thing that’s holding our team back, I’ve been saying it for about a month, is immaturity. We don’t have a Mason Plumlee for our young kids to rely on or a Seth Curry. We don’t have that. We’re not going to grow up as quickly as a Duke team is going to. We have to learn sometimes the hard way."
There were enough hard lessons for Maryland to learn Saturday as the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 ACC) bounced back from an ugly loss at Miami. The Terrapins (15-5, 3-4), meanwhile, had more problems than a 20-minute suspension that probably had only a modest impact on the final score.
"The team voted on it and we felt like it was the best discipline," Turgeon said. "I don’t think it affected us any."
--- Patrick Stevens