For the fourth time in five weeks, Maryland men's basketball has dropped in the AP Top 25.
The Terps (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten) land at No. 17 in the latest poll released Monday, dropping five spots from last week’s rankings.
After defeating No. 11 Ohio State on Jan. 7, it seemed as if Maryland had a shot at cracking the top-10 for the first time since Dec. 16. But a 67-49 loss to Iowa spoiled those chances in an all-around ugly showing for the Terps, who now have their lowest ranking of the 2019-20 season.
Mark Turgeon’s squad was jumped by Dayton, Kentucky, Louisville, West Virginia, Wichita State and Villanova.
For the first time this season, there isn’t a single Big Ten team in the top-10 of the poll. Michigan State had the eighth spot a week ago, but it falls to No. 15 after suffering a 71-42 upset loss to Purdue.
Including Maryland, there are four other teams from the conference in the Week 11 rankings. Michigan stays at No. 19, while Ohio State drops 10 spots to No. 21 after losing two games. Illinois makes its season debut at No. 24 Iowa, Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Rutgers are all receiving votes.
While the Badgers didn’t leap into the poll this week after taking down No. 20 Penn State, Tuesday night’s matchup in Madison, Wisconsin, will still be a tough showdown. Maryland has yet to earn a road win this season and likely needs to break that streak if it hopes to stay in the top-25 next week.
Check out the rest of the poll here.