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.
|3||North Carolina (4)||7-0||1,497|
|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|