Syracuse looks to stop a sudden two-game losing streak and keep pace in the race for the ACC regular-season crown when it visits Maryland on Monday in the first meeting between the teams in nearly six years. Unbeaten and top-ranked to begin last week, the No. 5 Orange suffered a stunning home loss in overtime to Boston College before a 66-60 setback at Duke on Saturday in a game that saw coach Jim Boeheim lose his cool arguing a call in the closing seconds. That loss dropped Syracuse 1 1/2 games behind first-place Virginia, which hosts the Orange on March 1.For that game to have more significant implications, Syracuse needs to fend off a challenge from the Terrapins, who are 5-1 at home in ACC play and who will be pumped up to secure a signature win in a season of missed opportunities. Three of Maryland's last four defeats have come against ranked opponents, while the fourth was on the road against surging North Carolina. The Terps recovered from a difficult two-point loss at Duke on Feb. 15 to upend Wake Forest 71-60 on Tuesday.TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNABOUT SYRACUSE (25-2, 12-2 ACC): The headlines after the loss at Duke dealt largely with Boeheim's tantrum following a charge call against Orange forward C.J. Fair, but there were other issues for a team that squeaked by in several recent affairs. Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis was 2-for-13 from the floor and has played at least 40 minutes in six of the last 11 games, part of Boeheim's insistence on rarely using his bench; he has used seven or fewer players in each of the past four games. Sharpshooter Trevor Cooney, the league-leader in 3-pointers, has also shown fatigue by making just 3-of-15 from beyond the arc and averaging 5.7 points - more than seven below his season average - in the last three games.ABOUT MARYLAND (15-12, 7-7): The Terrapins avoided looking ahead by taking care of Wake Forest, getting a career-high 20 points from Nick Faust. However, that win does little to amplify the team's meager NCAA Tournament hopes, as it is 0-8 against teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI, with perhaps its best win coming Nov. 25 against Providence. A matchup with Syracuse, fellow tournament hopeful Clemson and first-place Virginia in the final four games gives Mark Turgeon's team a chance to finally obtain a headline-grabbing win and perhaps end a three-year NCAA Tournament drought.TIP-INS1. Maryland owns a 5-2 series advantage but has lost the last two meetings, in the 2004 NCAA Tournament and the 2008 NIT.2. Syracuse is averaging just 58.5 points over its last six games.3. Orange F Rakeem Christmas has at least one block in 10 consecutive games and ranks third in the ACC with 2.4 per contest.PREDICTION: Syracuse 63, Maryland 60