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Terps fall in AP Top 25 poll after bizarre loss to Purdue

Terps fall in AP Top 25 poll after bizarre loss to Purdue

The Maryland Terrapins were on the wrong end of a bizarre finish in College Park on Saturday, falling to Purdue 72-71.

But the loss, which was just their second since the start of 2017, did not hurt the Terps' standing in the Associated Press Top 25 poll all too much.

On Monday afternoon, the AP released it's latest poll, and following yet another wild week in the Top 25, the Terps (20-3, 8-2) find themselves firmly entrenched in the back half.

A gutsy road win at Ohio State coupled with the hectic home loss to Purdue (19-5, 8-3) meant the Terps fell three spots, from No. 17 to No. 21. On the flip side, the road win over the Terps helped propel the Boilermakers from No. 23 to No. 16 in the poll.

The Terps failed to score a field goal in the final five minutes of the game. If that sounds familiar, it's because the Terps only other loss of 2017, a 67-65 home loss to Nebraska was due in large part to the final ten minutes of the game, in which the team failed to score a single field goal. 

With Wisconsin winning on Sunday afternoon, the Terps fell one game behind in the race for the Big Ten regular-season championship. Next up for Maryland is a road trip to Penn State on Tuesday, before returning to College Park to face Ohio State on Saturday.


Rank. Team (1st place votes), Record. Last week rank
1. Gonzaga (59), 24-0. 1
2. Villanova (6), 22-2. 4
3. Kansas, 20-3. 3
4. Louisville, 19-4. 6
5. Oregon, 21-3. 13
6. Baylor, 20-3. 2
7. Wisconsin, 20-3. 10
8. North Carolina, 21-4. 12
9. Arizona, 21-3. 5
10. UCLA, 21-3. 11
11. Cincinnati, 21-2. 14
12. Virginia, 17-5. 9
13. West Virginia, 18-5. 7
14. Florida State, 20-4. 15
15. Kentucky, 18-5. 8
16. Purdue, 19-5. 23
17. Florida, 18-5. 24
18. Duke, 18-5. 21
19. South Carolina, 19-4. 19
20. Saint Mary's, 21-2. 18
21. Maryland, 20-3. 17
22. Butler, 18-5. 16
23. Creighton, 20-4. 22
24. Xavier, 17-6, NR
25. SMU, 20-4. NR

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Anthony Cowan had 16 points and nine rebounds, Jared Nickens scored 15 and Maryland opened its home schedule with a 96-43 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday night.

Cowan scored eight points in a 17-0 run that gave the Terrapins (2-0) a 43-15 lead late in the first half. The 6-foot sophomore had 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block before halftime.

Nickens made all five of his shots, including four from beyond the arc. Dion Wiley finished with 14 points and freshman Darryl Morsell added 12.

Coming off a comfortable win over Stony Brook on Friday, Maryland yielded the game's first basket before Wiley drilled successive 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 run.

Maryland shot 70 percent (14 for 20) from the floor in the first half and forced nine turnovers, including four by freshman Cameron Bacote.

Bacote led UMES (1-1) with 18 points. He had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Hawks' opener against Valley Forge.


UMES: Games like this make money for the program and help the Hawks get ready for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference slate. The UMES schedule includes road games against Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Creighton before league play begins in 2018.

Maryland: The Terrapins put five players in double figures for the second game in a row. Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter are expected to be the go-to scorers this season, but they've not been needed thus far. Maryland will need that kind of balance when the competition gets tougher.


The Terrapins are 18-0 against UMES in a series that began in 1979. This was the first game between the teams since 2015.


UMES: Travels to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

Maryland: Hosts Butler on Wednesday night in the second of four straight home games.

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No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win


No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- Brandon Peters threw two touchdown passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and No. 21 Michigan dominated Maryland in the first half in a 35-10 victory Saturday.

The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) have won three straight. The Terrapins (4-6, 2-5) have lost five of six.

Before the second quarter was halfway over, Michigan had a 28-0 lead thanks to Peters' passing and some madcap miscues by Maryland.

Peters threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Zach Gentry and 3 yards to Sean McKeon. Henry Poggi and Evans ran for scores. Evans, who scored from a yard out in the second quarter, added a 17-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

The Terrapins started their fourth quarterback of the season, Myles Brand, but unlike the previous three, couldn't come close to engineering a win. Brand was 16 for 35 for 136 yards.

In one particularly embarrassing sequence, Lorenzo Harrison badly overthrew Brand with lots of running room ahead of the quarterback, and three plays later, caught a pass from Brand and managed to lose 14 yards.

Trailing 14-0, Maryland tried a fake punt from its own 30. After Jaquille Veii gained just 3 yards and turned the ball over to Michigan, the Wolverines immediately scored on the 33-yard pass from Peters to Gentry.

After a 29-yard pass to Taivon Jacobs was overturned by replay, Michigan blocked Wade Lees' punt. Two plays later, Peters hit McKeon for a 3-yard pass, and the Wolverines' lead was 28-0 with 8:21 to play in the first half.

In the second half, Maryland scored on a 20-yard field goal by Henry Darmstadter and a 10-yard pass from Brand to Jacobs.