Maryland basketball lost to Syracuse in a Big Ten-ACC Challenge game at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 27, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.
Maryland-Syracuse recap, stats
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The Terps are 6-1 on what KenPom ranks as the 251st-toughest schedule in Division I, while the Orange are 5-0 on KenPom’s 305th-toughest slate.
This game marks the start of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Maryland got crushed by Pitt, 73-59, in last year’s competition. Syracuse too lost handily, 77-60 to Wisconsin. This game should be more even. KenPom ranks Maryland 37th and Syracuse 54th, but projects a a 68-67 win for the Orange.
Mark Turgeon’s team is preparing for Syracuse’s vaunted 2-3 zone.
“Please zone us. Please zone us,” Turgeon told reporters after losing to Pitt last year, per The Baltimore Sun. “We’re going to make shots. We’re going to be great against the zone. I was thrilled when he [Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings] went zone. Zone us. We’re going to be good. We just weren’t good tonight.”
He said his team should be prepared this time around.
“We prepared for the 2-3 zone in practices throughout the fall,” Turgeon said Sunday, per The Sun. “One of the reasons for that was in anticipation for playing Syracuse. We will have to play inside-out, make the open ones [baskets] and hopefully attack the offensive glass.”
Maryland’s a young team, though, so success against the zone is far from guaranteed. The Terps play two scholarship seniors, center Michal Cekovsky and forward Jared Nickens, and start three sophomores in Justin Jackson, Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter.
Jackson was widely projected as a lottery pick entering the season, but he’s been slumping so far. The 6-foot-7 forward is only 5-for-23 from three-point range, and is still averaging about the same number of shots as he did last season (4.9 to 5.3) when Maryland needs more from him with Melo Trimble gone.
The young Terps have also struggled with turnovers, a common thread on Turgeon’s team. They own the No. 338 turnover percentage in the nation. That’s out of 351 Division I teams. They’ll need to, uh, not play like that on Monday.
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