Late this morning, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said the Terrapins would "most likely start four little guys" Tuesday against Boston College.
That seemed to be a suggestion either Jake Layman or even Logan Aronhalt might get a starting nod over Shaquille Cleare, who got the call the last two games.
But hold off on that thought of going much smaller.
"I didn't say that; what I said was I wasn't going to start Shaq, and Charles [Mitchell] and James [Padgett] are smaller than Shaq," Turgeon said Monday afternoon. "I just felt it would be really hard to chase [Patrick] Heckmann around, the four man for them who can really stroke it, with Shaq and Alex [Len]. I'm probably going to stay away from that. They go with a big lineup some with [Ryan] Anderson and [Dennis] Clifford, and we can go big then."
If you combine the quotes, it might be the first time either Mitchell or Padgett has ever been referred, even indirectly, as "little."
In short, the Terps' starter at the four will apparently remain a bit of a mystery until tomorrow night. But the reality is Maryland will probably go small at times, especially against a Boston College bunch that has started four players who stand at 6-foot-5 or shorter of late.
"We've played more [with] the smaller lineup and if our guards are playing well it's something we can do tomorrow," Turgeon said. "We've practiced that so we're ready to do it."
--- Patrick Stevens