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Slow starts, finishes vs. No. 6 Michigan State lead to Maryland's first loss in nearly a month

Slow starts, finishes vs. No. 6 Michigan State lead to Maryland's first loss in nearly a month

The Maryland men’s basketball team’s first visit to the Breslin Center as a member of the Big Ten came five seasons ago, producing a grind-it-out double overtime win over Michigan State in the first game for the Terps in their new league. It set the table for coach Mark Turgeon’s team to finishing a surprising second in the conference that year.

The previous trip before Monday night was a disaster, a 30-point demolition last season that was the most one-sided Big Ten defeat for one of Turgeon’s teams. It was part of a disappointing 19-13 season for the Terps, who missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in three years.

The most recent trip produced more bad stretches than...

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