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Maryland offense needs to be up for challenge against Syracuse's 2-3 zone

Maryland offense needs to be up for challenge against Syracuse's 2-3 zone

After losing badly at home to Pittsburgh in last year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon was both frustrated and defiant about what many perceived as one of his team’s offensive shortcomings.

“Please zone us. Please zone us,” Turgeon said after a 73-59 loss. “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.”

A year later, Turgeon won’t have to dare Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim into going zone in Monday night’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at the Carrier Dome. Boeheim’s Orange have suffocated...

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