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Maryland men’s basketball drops to No. 15 in latest AP Top 25

The Terps fall two spots in the Week 9 poll.

Maryland basketball Mark Turgeon vs Indiana Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

For the third straight week, Maryland men's basketball has fallen in the AP Top 25 poll.

After playing just one game — an 84-70 victory over Bryant on Sunday — the Terps dropped two spots to No. 15 in the country.

Mark Turgeon’s squad got back in the win column after two straight losses, the team’s firsts of the season. Maryland fell from No. 4 to No. 7 after coming up short in a road game against Penn State back on Dec. 10, and it dropped to No. 13 the week after following a defeat at Seton Hall on Dec. 19.

Despite a smaller national slate due to the holidays, there was some shakeup at the summit of the rankings. Ohio State and Louisville dropped out of the top-three after losses to West Virginia and Kentucky, respectively, though those were the only teams ranked above Maryland last week to lose.

Even with the loss to the Mountaineers, the Buckeyes remain the highest-ranked Big Ten team, checking in at No. 5 this week. Michigan is still ranked ahead of the Terps, moving down one spot to No. 12, while Michigan State leapfrogged them at No. 14. Penn State and Iowa stuck in the rankings at No. 21 and No. 23, respectively. Purdue and Indiana are receiving votes.

The win over Bryant marked the end of the regular season nonconference slate for the Terps, who will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 4, against Indiana at the Xfinity Center — their only game of the week. A home tilt against Ohio State is set for the following Tuesday.

Check out the rest of the poll here.