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College basketball rankings, Week 7: Maryland’s one spot away from AP top 25

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The Terps are on the cusp, but can’t falter in conference play if they want to get back in the top 25.

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Maryland basketball received 27 votes in last week’s Associated Press top 25, and came ever closer this week. The Terps finished one spot outside the latest top 25, out on Monday. They racked up 40 votes, the most of any team that didn’t make the cut.

The poll’s top five didn’t change. Villanova kept the top spot, with UCLA, Kansas, Baylor and Duke following suit.

The Terps last played Tuesday, beating Charlotte in Baltimore.

Elsewhere around the Big Ten, things stayed exactly as they were last week. Wisconsin stayed at No. 14 after whitewashing Florida A&M, 90-37. Purdue similarly destroyed Western Illinois and Norfolk State, and stayed at No. 15. Indiana is still at No. 16 after comfortably beating Austin Peay and Delaware State.

Maryland is ranked No. 64 by KenPom, a ranking that’s been slowly sinking after starting the season at No. 48. The Terps are 12-1, but six teams they’ve played don’t even crack KenPom’s top 200. They’ll get some chances against better teams once conference play starts.

The Terps start Big Ten play Tuesday against Illinois. The Illini (10-3) are KenPom’s No. 66 team in the country.

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 12-0 1,614
2 UCLA (3) 13-0 1,518
3 Kansas 11-1 1,461
4 Baylor (6) 12-0 1,458
5 Duke 12-1 1,375
6 Louisville 11-1 1,260
7 Gonzaga 12-0 1,222
8 Kentucky 10-2 1,171
9 North Carolina 11-2 1,113
10 Creighton 12-0 1,049
11 West Virginia 11-1 933
12 Virginia 10-1 892
13 Butler 11-1 837
14 Wisconsin 11-2 772
15 Purdue 11-2 745
16 Indiana 10-2 709
17 Xavier 10-2 548
18 Arizona 11-2 512
19 Saint Mary's 10-1 407
20 Florida State 12-1 326
21 Oregon 11-2 321
22 USC 13-0 248
23 Cincinnati 10-2 207
24 Notre Dame 10-2 204
25 Florida 9-3 76
Others receiving votes: Maryland 40, Virginia Tech 37, Seton Hall 18, Clemson 12, Minnesota 8, Miami 8, Oklahoma State 7, Northwestern 5, South Carolina 4, UNC Wilmington 3, Arkansas 3, Iowa State 2