Maryland center Shaquille Cleare won't start Sunday at Miami after missing Saturday's practice with lower back spasms, a team spokesman said in an e-mail.
Cleare is still expected to play for the Terrapins (13-2, 1-1 ACC), who will play their first conference road game of the season.
Coach Mark Turgeon said Friday he decided after Wednesday's 65-62 loss to Florida State that the freshman would make his second start of the season.
"Shaq does everything I ask," Turgeon said Friday. "I'm just tired of having him on the bench."
Yet he also offered the caveat that Cleare was a bit dinged up.
That bit of caution came to fruition for Cleare, who is averaging 5.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 14.4 minutes.
--- Patrick Stevens