Maryland Terps

Maryland Terps

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