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Maryland basketball returns to AP rankings at No. 19

After a five-game winning streak, the Terps are back in the top 25.

Maryland basketball bench celebrates vs. Indiana Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Maryland basketball is back in the AP top 25, as the Terps checked in at No. 19 in Monday’s poll.

It’s the highest ranking Maryland has received this season, previously sitting at No. 24 the week of Nov. 26 and No. 23 the week of Dec. 3. The Terps received votes last week but were several spots away from the rankings, but extended their winning streak to five games with a road win at Minnesota and home victory over then-No. 22 Indiana.

After falling at home to Seton Hall on Dec. 22, Maryland didn’t receive a single vote in the AP poll. But the Terps have grown into a different team since that game. Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan Jr. have consistently led the offense, while freshman role players Serrel Smith Jr. and Ricky Lindo have become consistently productive after being used sparingly earlier in the season.

Maryland is the third-highest-ranked Big Ten team in the poll, behind No. 2 Michigan and No. 6 Michigan State. This mirrors the conference standings, as both of those teams are 6-0 in league play while the Terps are 5-1. Two other Big Ten teams are in this week’s top 25—Iowa is No. 23 and Indiana is No. 25—while Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Minnesota all received votes.

Both of Maryland’s opponents this week are in that latter group. The Terps will face Wisconsin in College Park on Monday night, then head to Columbus and play Ohio State on Friday.