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At times, the only way to negate Len is for the Terps to ignore him. They did in the first half Tuesday. Urged to play smarter, Maryland found its biggest big and cruised from there.

“Coach was like ‘Slow down, play with poise,’ ” Len said. “We started executing better and playing inside out. It was great.”

For a few minutes, so was Len. For nearly the entire second half, so was Maryland. It might not prove a harbinger of later success, but it at least provides an obvious roadmap to secure it.