After beating Northwestern and falling short at Wisconsin last week, Maryland basketball slipped from No. 21 to No. 24 the latest AP rankings, released Monday.
This continues a steady decline for the Terps after reaching a season-best No. 13 two weeks ago. They followed that up with losses to Michigan State and Illinois, which dropped them eight spots. While the Wisconsin loss actually moved Maryland up two spots in KenPom rankings (20th to 18th), it’s now led to a three-spot drop in the polls.
Several Big Ten teams moved throughout the rankings. Michigan and Michigan State fell to Nos. 7 and 9, respectively, after losses last week. Purdue, which is now tied with those two atop the league standings, continued its ascent up the rankings and is now at No. 15. Wisconsin moved up five spots to No. 19, while Iowa is back in the rankings at No. 20. No other teams in the league received votes.
Maryland plays just once this week, visiting Nebraska on Wednesday. The Huskers were ranked before the first matchup between these teams on Jan. 2, but have entered a tailspin as of late. After this game, it’ll be another lengthy break before Maryland returns home and plays Purdue on Feb. 12.