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“We shoot the 3 and it’s part of why we had a successful season. We certainly shot it tonight, we just didn’t connect on it enough,” Pemper said. “…I don’t look at 59 points to the ACC champs and think that’s why we lost, but dang we spent all week working on offense.”

Maryland’s matchup with Louisville on Monday will be the next step in exorcising the demons from last year’s second round in which the Terps were blown out by 20 at home.

“Last year was a painful lesson for us,” Frese said. “Our goal is fight to finish this year.”