Nick Faust played a career-low five minutes Saturday, though Maryland coach Mark Turgeon anticipates the sophomore will be ready to play Wednesday against Florida State.
Faust suffered from muscle spasms in his back and shoulder, and did not practice Friday. He had his first scoreless game in 46 career outings as Maryland coasted past Virginia Tech 94-71.
"From everything I'm told, it's just muscle spasms," Turgeon said. "So I expect him to relax and get treatment all day tomorrow. When he got in the game, I think it just tightened up. When he got in the game, he was ready to go. He worked out early this morning just to make sure he was ready. Warmups, start of the game, I said 'Are you fine,' and he went out there and it just cramped up on him."
Freshman Jake Layman scored 20 points while starting in place of Faust. Between Faust's absence (he didn't play in the second half) and Dez Wells' foul trouble, Maryland used an alternate look than usual while putting away the Hokies.
Still, Turgeon is eager to get Faust, who entered Saturday averaging 9.8 points, back into the rotation.
"We need him [Wednesday], so he'll be ready," Turgeon said. "Nick will work around the clock to get ready."