With Maryland Madness set to kick off tomorrow, we got our first glimpse of how the National media feel about Maryland today when the USA Today preseason basketball poll was released. The Terps didn't receive a single vote, which was honestly a little surprising to me. Five ACC teams did crack the top 25 though: Duke (#4), Syracuse (#7), North Carolina (#11), Notre Dame (#22), and Virginia (#25).
In terms of out of conference games, UConn checks in at #19, so Maryland will get a chance to prove themselves early when they take on the Huskies up in New York in November. The Terps will also get a taste of life in the Big Ten when they play #10 Ohio State in the ACC-B1G Challenge in December.
Future B1G foes Michigan State (#2), Michigan (#9), Wisconsin (#21) and Indiana (#24) are also ranked.
At the end of the season, I really think Maryland is ahead of Notre Dame and possibly Virginia as well. The preseason basketball poll really has no implication on the season, unlike the football polls. Nor are they necessarily the most accurate thing in the world. Take a look at last season's preseason USA Today poll (and snicker about NC State being #6).
What do you think about Maryland not receiving votes? The full poll is below:
1st place votes