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Maryland basketball falls to No. 21 in AP Poll

The Terps plummeted in the rankings following a rough week.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland vs Illinois Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

After two straight losses, Maryland basketball fell eight spots to No. 21 in athis week’s AP Poll.

The Terps received xx votes and were one of five teams in the top 25. Michigan remained at No. 5 and Michigan State stayed at No. 6. Purdue jumped back into the top 25 for the first time since Nov. 26 after beating the Spartans on Sunday, checking in at No. 17, and Wisconsin moved back into the rankings at No. 24. It was a tumultuous weekend for ranked teams in the conference, with Maryland, Michigan State and Iowa all falling to unranked teams over the past two days.

The Terps will look to make sure a bad week doesn’t turn into a losing streak in Tuesday’s Red-Out game against Northwestern. Maryland was outmatched by a veteran Michigan State team Monday night, then turned in its worst performance of the season in a 78-67 loss to Illinois at Madison Square Garden. The Terps were crushed in transition in both games, and committed a season-high 21 turnovers against the Illini.

After taking on Northwestern, Maryland will head to No. 24 Wisconsin on Friday night. The Terps beat the Badgers 64-60 in College Park on Jan. 14 despite blowing a 21-point second half lead.