After a strong, two-win week, Maryland has moved up four spots to No. 4 overall in the newest edition of the Associated Press Top 25, released on Monday.
Maryland notched its biggest victory of the season this week, a home win against then-No. 3 Iowa, to show the nation that it could win a marquee matchup. Its two previous opportunities to do so -- both on the road -- were strong efforts, but ultimately losses to North Carolina and Michigan State.
They concluded the week with a road victory over Ohio State.
That Iowa win will prove to be important down the line. Maryland does not have many remaining opportunities to get signature wins. They will face Purdue twice, plus Michigan and Wisconsin at home before going on the road to end the regular season at Indiana.
Had they not beaten the Hawkeyes, there would be questions persisting about whether Maryland is really part of the upper tier of college basketball right now in the absence of a signature win. What happened against Iowa silences those criticisms.
The Hawkeyes, after losing on the road to Maryland and bouncing back to beat Northwestern on Sunday, fall to No. 5.
Villanova checks in at No. 3. North Carolina is at No. 2. Oklahoma is No. 1.