Maryland basketball has dropped four spots to No. 21 in the latest Associated Press Poll, out Monday, following the Terps’ loss to Purdue.
Maryland had previously reached a season-high No. 17 ranking last week, but couldn’t finish off the Boilermakers on Saturday, losing 73-72 in its first chance to get a marquee win this season. The Terps did win their other game last week, beating Ohio State 77-71 Tuesday.
Saturday’s result enabled Purdue to leapfrog Maryland in this week’s poll, where the Boilermakers are No. 16. Big Ten leader Wisconsin moved up three spots to No. 7.
Gonzaga stayed atop the poll for the second straight week, while Villanova moved back to No. 2. Kansas, Louisville and Oregon round out the top five.
Maryland still moved up three spots to a season-high No. 35 in KenPom’s advanced stats ratings, for whatever it’s worth.
The Terrapins have a chance to wash that bad taste out of their mouths on Tuesday against Penn State. With their seven-game winning streak snapped, they could have a chance to start another one Saturday against Ohio State.