For the second consecutive week, Maryland men’s basketball enters the latest AP Top 25 with a road loss to an unranked team on its resume.
With their latest loss coming at the hands of Seton Hall, the Terps enter Week 8 of the season as the No. 13 team in the country — their lowest ranking this season— according to the latest AP Poll released Monday.
Last week, Maryland fell from the No. 4 spot to No. 7 due to its first loss of the season to Penn State. The Terps were expected to drop due to their loss to the Pirates, who were without their top two scorers in Myles Powell and Sandro Mamukelashvili, on Dec. 19.
Two teams ranked ahead of Maryland in last week’s AP poll — Kansas and Kentucky — lost this past week, shaking up the college basketball summit once again this season. Gonzaga replaces Kansas as the No. 1 team this week, with No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Louisville, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Kansas rounding out the top five.
While the Buckeyes remain the top Big Ten team, No. 11 Michigan replaces Maryland as the second-highest ranked team in the conference. Along with Ohio State, Michigan and the Terps, the conference has six teams ranked, including No. 14 Michigan State, No. 20 Penn State and No. 25 Iowa.
Though it lost its second game of the season, Maryland remains the No. 8 team in KenPom but has dropped to the No. 20 spot in the latests 2019-20 NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) rankings.
The Terps have a short break off for the holidays before hosting Bryant on Dec. 29 for their last nonconference game of the regular season. The Bulldogs will be riding a four-game winning streak into College Park.
Check out the rest of the poll here.