After another perfect week of conference play, Maryland men's basketball shot up to No. 13 in the latest AP poll.
The Terps received 751 points and will put their new ranking on the line Monday night against No. 6 Michigan State. The Spartans tallied 1,355 points and held steady after losses at the top.
Maryland has reeled off seven straight wins since a Dec. 22 loss to Seton Hall, including six straight conference wins and three consecutive road wins. The Terps added two more victories to the resume last week, surviving a collapse against Wisconsin before beating Ohio State by double digits in Columbus.
Anthony Cowan Jr. has been a second-half assassin over the run, while Bruno Fernando has continued to rack up double-doubles. Most importantly, Maryland’s bench has gotten deeper over the stretch, with Aaron Wiggins starting to provide more consistent scoring and Serrel Smith Jr. and Ricky Lindo growing on the court. While the latter two still haven't found offensive consistency, their work on the defensive end has allowed Mark Turgeon to give his starters some rest.
The Terps are still the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten, behind the Spartans and No. 5 Michigan. A Michigan loss to Wisconsin (and Virginia loss to Duke) means there are no more undefeated teams in college basketball, and Maryland can grab a share of the conference lead with a win over Michigan State. Only No. 19 Iowa joined the conference trio in the top 25, while Purdue, Nebraska and Wisconsin all received votes.
The Terps’ Monday night matchup with Michigan State tips off at 6:30 p.m. ET. Maryland then gets a break until a Saturday contest with Illinois at Madison Square Garden.