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MM 1.13: Maryland men’s basketball lands at No. 19 in latest NET rankings

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Home wins. Road losses. This trend has come to define the season for No. 12 Maryland men’s basketball and has ultimately affected the team’s NET ranking as March slowly approaches.

The Terps clock in at No. 19 in the most recent ranking released Friday, dropping a spot following their lackluster effort against Luke Garza and Iowa — who are ranked 32.

Introduced in 2018, the NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) rankings factor in strength of schedule and offensive and defensive efficiency, among other performance data. The rankings provide analysts with a more accurate representation of a team’s effectiveness, contributing to their postseason outlook come March.

Maryland has been on and off all season, but a relatively high placement in the NET shows just how effective the Terps have been when consistent. The team was ranked at No. 11 in the first edition of the 2019-20 rankings released Dec. 17, 2019.

Hoping to rebound from their loss to Iowa, Maryland will hit the road once again to take on the Wisconsin Badgers, who have had their fair share of upsets so far this season.

In other news

No. 12 Maryland men’s basketball fell on the road on Friday night, losing 67-49 to Iowa in Iowa City.

Here are three takeaways from the Terps’ season-worst defeat at the hands of the Hawkeyes.

No. 17 Maryland women’s basketball handled the Michigan Wolverines, winning easily by a 77-49 margin.

Class of 2020 forward Jacen Russell-Rowe has joined Sasho Cirovski and Maryland men’s soccer roster.

Lila took a deep dive into just how crazy the Big Ten has been so far this season for men’s basketball.

Anthony Cowan Jr. reached a career milestone Friday night.

Maryland men’s basketball wished the late Cliff Tucker a happy birthday. He would have been 31.

Guess what Terp alum is moving back to the DMV? Get ready to see more of Scott Van Pelt at Maryland games.

The freshmen took center stage in No. 17 Maryland women's basketball’s win over No. 24 Michigan on Sunday.

Though the Minnesota Vikings couldn't secure a win in their playoff game, former Terp Stefon Diggs had a big play.

First week of practice is in the books for the men’s lacrosse team.

Here’s a recap of how Maryland fared at the Virginia Duals.

Maryland gymnastics earned the highest score recorded entering a season in program history.

Maryland tennis took advantage of the warm weekend, hosting Terp Tennis Day.

#FearTheTurtle was in full swing this weekend for the Terps track and field team.