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College basketball rankings, Week 3: Maryland falls just shy of AP Poll ranking

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The Terps have a perfect record, but the wins haven’t been convincing enough.

NCAA Basketball: Barclays Center Classic-Maryland vs Kansas State Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland basketball narrowly missed a return to the AP Poll, falling six votes shy of No. 25 West Virginia. The Terps had a big weekend, taking home the Barclays Center Classic Championship over Kansas State. But the one-point win wasn’t convincing enough for voters.

Maryland’s wins as a whole haven’t been pretty, but they’ve been wins. The team has won five of its seven games by six points or less. In Brooklyn, the team narrowly escaped Richmond in the opening round, and beat the Wildcats on a Melo Trimble layup with five seconds remaining. Trimble has been the team’s anchor, averaging 24 points per game against Division I opponents.

The Terps hold a 7-0 record and have a chance to add to their resume on Tuesday against Pittsburgh. They have another tough test on Saturday vs. Oklahoma State.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Indiana dropped 10 spots to No. 13 following an upset loss to Fort Wayne, Purdue ranks No. 15 and Wisconsin No. 17. Michigan State fell outside of the rankings but still received votes, as did Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota and Rutgers.

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (40) 6-0 1,590
2 Villanova (20) 6-0 1,567
3 North Carolina (4) 7-0 1,497
4 Kansas 5-1 1,414
5 Duke 6-1 1,365
6 Virginia 6-0 1,286
7 Xavier 6-0 1,181
8 Gonzaga 6-0 1,112
9 Baylor (1) 6-0 1,068
10 Creighton 6-0 965
11 UCLA 7-0 955
12 Saint Mary's 5-0 866
13 Indiana 4-1 857
14 Louisville 5-1 808
15 Purdue 5-1 687
16 Arizona 5-1 655
17 Wisconsin 5-2 555
18 Butler 6-0 506
19 Iowa State 5-1 389
20 South Carolina 6-0 379
21 Rhode Island 5-1 354
22 Syracuse 4-1 229
23 Oregon 4-2 189
24 Florida 6-1 154
25 West Virginia 4-1 132
Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan State 28, Ohio State 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, USC 7, Houston 6, Florida State 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee State 2, Virginia Tech 1, Arkansas State 1, San Diego State 1, Colorado 1, Minnesota 1, Rutgers 1