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Maryland basketball: Evan Smotrycz sprains left ankle in practice

Smotrycz will miss Maryland Madness.

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland basketball forward Evan Smotrycz sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday and will miss tonight's Maryland Madness at XFINITY Center. He'll be reevaluated Saturday morning, the team announced.

Smotrycz is an important player for Maryland this year. The transfer of forward Charles Mitchell to Georgia Tech left a hole in depth at the four spot in Maryland's lineup, and incoming transfer Robert Carter won't be eligible to fill it for another year. Smotrycz, a senior, will surely play a heavy load of minutes for Mark Turgeon's team.

Plenty of time remains before the Terps actually start playing games that matter toward the middle of next month, so there isn't a lot of sense in worrying about this just yet. Recovery time for a sprained ankle varies a good bit depending on the severity of the injury.