Maryland moved down three spots in this week's Associated Press Poll, dropping from No. 13 to No. 16 after losing on the road to Indiana Thursday night and pulling out a last-second victory at home against Northwestern on Sunday.
It appears that the loss on the road to the Hoosiers, only Maryland's third loss of the season, didn't cost them too much, as Indiana begins to gain more respect nationally as a potential contender in this season's Big Ten Conference race. And while Maryland narrowly pulled out a win against Northwestern, it appears the greater message voters took from that game is that the Terps found a way to win. If Maryland would have lost, they almost certainly would have dropped to the bottom of, if not out of, the Top 25.
Around the Big Ten, Wisconsin checks in at No. 5 after completing an unblemished week in conference play. Indiana is also in at No. 22.
Virginia narrowly escaped from Blacksburg with a win over Virginia Tech and maintained their hold on the No. 2 spot behind Kentucky. Iowa State, who Maryland defeated back in November, checked in at No. 15 in this week's poll.
Full poll is below:
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (64)||19-0||1,624|
|2||Virginia Cavaliers (1)||19-0||1,561|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||17-2||1,402|
|8||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||19-2||1,139|
|12||Wichita State Shockers||18-2||893|
|13||North Carolina Tar Heels||16-4||878|
|14||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||16-3||734|
|15||Iowa State Cyclones||14-4||719|
|17||West Virginia Mountaineers||16-3||558|
|18||Northern Iowa Panthers||18-2||440|
|Others receiving votes: Colorado St 57, Arkansas 54, Ohio State 43, SMU 43, Providence 29, Dayton 28, Georgia 28, Stanford 16, Wyoming 14, Seton Hall 10, LSU 10, San Diego St 4, Tulsa 2, Texas A&M 2, Davidson 1, Saint Mary's 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Green Bay 1|