The Maryland Terrapins finally achieved something they struggled to do all year: win a true road game. Their latest successes led to a small jump in the rankings.
The Terrapins moved up two spots to No. 15 in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll on Monday after they visited Northwestern and Indiana and came away with two wins.
Neither was a thoroughly convincing performance. Maryland (16-4, 6-3 Big Ten) trailed Northwestern, one of the Big Ten’s worst teams, by 14 at halftime before storming back for a 77-66 win. Then, on Sunday, the Hoosiers opened up an eight-point advantage on the Terrapins in the second half and led by six in the final two minutes, but Maryland came back to score the final seven points of the game and win, 77-76.
Despite beating Indiana, Maryland did not pass their top Big Ten competition, Michigan State, which lost at Indiana earlier in the week. The Spartans fell only to No. 14. Maryland jumped past Butler and Auburn relative to last week’s rankings.
Maryland hosts another important Big Ten foe, No. 18 Iowa, this Thursday. Iowa trounced Maryland 67-49 earlier this season in Iowa City.
The top seven of the poll remained unchanged amid a college basketball season of chaos and constant shifts in power. Baylor remained No. 1, followed by Gonzaga, Kansas, undefeated San Diego State, Florida State, Louisville and Dayton. Texas Tech, Memphis and Arizona dropped out of the Top 25, replaced by LSU, Wichita State and Penn State.
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