Maryland Basketball

Takeaways From Maryland's Victory Against Illinois

February 8, 2020

Here are the key takeaways from Maryland’s 75-66 victory against Illinois Feb. 7 in Champaign, Ill.

Zone Defense Helped

Maryland and coach Mark Turgeon had been reluctant to use its zone defense since conference play started, but the Terps’ headman switched to it early Feb. 7 with the Illini dominating in the paint. After about 10 minutes, in which the Illini had scored 32 points, the headman went to a 1-3-1, which confused the Illini the rest of the night. Illinois said they were prepared for Maryland’s zone, but obviously not enough, because they cooled off considerably following the defensive switch.

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