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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.

LATEST ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

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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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.