- The Washington Times
Monday, December 2, 2019

Not one, but two local college hoops unbeatens are now ranked top-five in the country.

The Maryland Terrapins jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll, and the Virginia Cavaliers moved up from No. 7 to No. 5.

Louisville is the new No. 1 after Duke lost in upset fashion to Stephen F. Austin. Kansas is No. 2, and previously unranked Michigan made a historic leap up to No. 4 by beating two top-10 teams in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Maryland won the Orlando Invitational over Thanksgiving weekend with victories over Temple, Harvard and Marquette, though they had some trouble in the first halves of the first two games. Anthony Cowan was named tournament MVP by averaging 24 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Virginia’s only game last week was a 46-26 win over Maine, in which the Cavaliers tied a program record for fewest points allowed in a game.

Virginia Commonwealth fell out of the top 25 after back-to-back three-point losses to Purdue and Tennessee in the Emerald Coast Classic. The Rams were previously ranked No. 20. Likewise, Georgetown received no votes after a home loss to UNC Greensboro. The Hoyas are now 4-3.

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