Two of the top three teams in the country hail from the Big Ten.
Maryland moved up a spot from No. 3 to No. 2, and Michigan State jumped up 10 spots from No. 13 to No. 3 when the latest AP top-25 rankings were released Monday afternoon.
The Spartans have vaulted into the class of the country's most-respected teams following their impressive win over former No. 4 Kansas at last week's Champions Classic at the United Center. Winners of their first three games, the Spartans have another big non-conference test looming against Louisville.
The Terps battled for tough wins over Georgetown and Rider this week but are still considered among college hoops' finest, receiving six first-place votes. Former No. 1 North Carolina's loss to Northern Iowa allowed Maryland to move up a spot to No. 2. The Terps play the aforementioned Tar Heels on Dec. 1.
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Two other Big Ten teams were ranked in this week's poll. Indiana moved up one spot from No. 14 to No. 13. Undefeated Purdue jumped up from No. 21 to No. 16, the Boilermakers already winners of five games.
Michigan fell out of the top 25 after losing to Xavier over the weekend.
Iowa and Michigan also received votes in this week's poll.