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.
The wild, wild Big Ten continued its madness this week:— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 12, 2020
-Purdue over No. 8 Mich. State, 71-42
-Minnesota over No. 19 Michigan, 75-67
-Wisconsin over No. 20 Penn State, 58-49
-Indiana over No. 11 OSU, 66-54
-Iowa over No. 12 Maryland, 67-49
-Rutgers over No. 20 Penn State, 72-61
This is pretty crazy, folks.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 12, 2020
Wins for unranked teams over ranked teams within conference play so far in 2019-20:
-Big Ten: 10
-Big East: 1
-Big 12: 0
Just for fun, here is another crazy conference comparison. Once again, the Big Ten takes the cake by far.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 12, 2020
Wins over ranked opponents by conference (doesn't matter whether victorious team was ranked) in 2019-20:
-Big Ten: 23
-Big 12: 12
-Pac 12: 8
-Big East: 5
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.
The kids have done it!— Maryland Gymnastics (@TerpsGymnastics) January 12, 2020
Maryland takes the W and earned the highest score to enter the season in program HISTORY!
Vault: Farina, Rubio – 9.875
Bars: Barber– 9.850
Beam: Barber, Wright – 9.850
Floor: Barber, McClure, Rouse – 9.825
All-Around: Audrey Barber – 39.325 pic.twitter.com/VETznKqVc5
Maryland tennis took advantage of the warm weekend, hosting Terp Tennis Day.
3-hours of fun with our extended Terp Family on a gorgeous 68-degree day in College Park!! Thanks to everyone who came out to make Terp Tennis Day such a success!! #GoTerps #TerpFamily pic.twitter.com/ai8YnK829q— Maryland Tennis (@TerpTennis) January 11, 2020
#FearTheTurtle was in full swing this weekend for the Terps track and field team.