The Terps closed out the regular season by beating Michigan to claim a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, but a 78-67 loss to Rutgers earlier in the week cost them in the latest AP Poll.
Maryland fell three spots to No. 12 in the rankings released Monday. Their co-conference champions, Michigan State and Wisconsin, moved up to ninth and 18th, respectively. Overall, the Big Ten claimed five teams in the Top 25, including No. 19 Ohio State and No. 21 Illinois.
But despite ranking third among the three shared champs, Wisconsin will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament after doing the best in head-to-head matchups against the other two teams. Michigan State is the No. 2 seed and Maryland is third—all three, as well as Illinois, have automatic byes to the quarterfinals.
As for the rest of the Top 25, the first three spots all remained the same with Kansas netting all 65 of the first-place votes. Florida State jumped up to fourth after claiming its first ACC regular-season title in program history. Other big movers were Louisville (10th to 15th), Virginia (22nd to 17th) and Iowa (18th to 25th).
The Big Ten tournament begins Wednesday when Northwestern plays Minnesota and Nebraska faces Indiana in the first round.
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