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Let’s get to 6-0, please?

NCAA Basketball: Oakland at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Teams: Syracuse Orange (5-0) vs. Maryland Terrapins (6-1)

Day & Time: Monday, November 27, 2017, 7 p.m. ET

Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

Line: Syracuse, -3.5

TV/Streaming: ESPN2/WatchESPN

Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193

Maryland blog: Testudo Times

Rivalry: 3-5, Maryland leads

Current Streak: 3, Orange (ha!)

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Orlando Practice Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

First Meeting: Greg Kohls’s 22 points weren’t enough to get past the Terps in the 1972 NIT, with UM winning 71-65. Lefty Driesell was at the helm as the Terrapins ended up sweeping through the tournament field and winning their first NIT (over Niagara).

Last Meeting: Syracuse won a controversial 57-55 contest in 2014 — one of Maryland’s final ACC games. In the closing seconds, the Orange led 56-55 and the Terps drove for what would’ve been the game-winning basket. But officials failed to draw a foul on the contact with the defender and after another Syracuse free throw, SU held on to win by two. Considering the game before that saw the infamous Boeheim jacket throw, we were happy to get a win on a questionable call in this one.

Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (42nd year, 1,009-357); Maryland: Mark Turgeon (7th year, 144-69)

Coach Bio: Turgeon played at Kansas until 1987, then headed right to the Jayhawks’ bench. After five years with his alma mater, he went to Oregon for another five, then spent a season as a 76ers assistant. He jumped back into college in 1998, taking over Jacksonville State, parlaying that into a seven-year run with Wichita State. After a successful stay at Texas A&M, he wanted a change of scenery and headed to Maryland. Following a slow start, he’s made the NCAAs each of the last three years (though hasn’t gotten past the Sweet 16).

Last Year: Maryland wrapped up its third straight season in the Big Ten’s top three, going 24-9 and hanging around the top 25 most of the year. But an early loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament precluded an upset loss to Xavier in the first round of the NCAAs.

Last Game: The Terps got out to a big 18-point lead in the first half against New Mexico, and then coasted the rest of the way to an 80-65 victory over the Lobos. Kevin Huerter led the way with 21 points, and Justin Jackson tossed in 16 of his own. Maryland shot well all-around, hitting more than 50 percent of field goals and threes, and going 24-of-27 from the line.

"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Anthony Cowan’s the team’s leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, but the most dangerous player on the floor might be Huerter, the former Syracuse target. He’s averaging 10.7 points, four rebounds and four assists per game and has a reasonable outside shot at 34.5 percent.

As always, though, we’ll want to keep an eye on the pesky three-point shooter no one sees coming. That player is Dion Wiley, who’s 13-of-29 on threes so far this year and plays 24 minutes per game. Don’t focus the entire gameplan on him, but might be good to know where he is at all times.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Maryland vs Xavier Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

If Syracuse Wins: Another quality win on the board, and this would be the best one yet. Maryland’s a fringe top 25 team (or at least they were one going into the season), and a win over a power conference foe prior to ACC play is always a plus. While it’s far from an indication we could beat Kansas this coming weekend, beating the Terps could be a nice confidence boost for this young squad.

If Syracuse Loses: Because it’s Maryland and not some low-major, it’s not nearly as bad. But it does take the wind out of our sails a bit, especially with some tougher games coming up.

Fun Fact No. 1: This isn’t fun, but Mark Turgeon’s actually beaten Syracuse at the Carrier Dome before -- 2006’s debilitating 64-61 win by Wichita State. As you may recall, Demetris Nichols missed a dunk late after the Orange came back from a 20-point deficit. As a freshman, I was pretty angry in the stands (and afterward) that night.

Fun Fact No. 2: This is only the second time Syracuse and Maryland have played at SU (the first was an 83-73 loss in 1980). The teams have played in the postseason four times (tied 2-2 in those contests) and at Maryland three times since the series began in 1972.