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Maryland men’s basketball rises to No. 9 in latest AP Top 25 Poll

The Terps jump back into the top-10 after their win over then-No. 18 Iowa on Thursday.

Darryl Morsell, Jalen Smith, Iowa, 2020 Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times

Maryland men’s basketball continues to ascend the ranks of the AP Top 25, with the team officially back in the top-10 for the first time since Dec. 16, 2019.

The Terps check in at No. 9 in the Week 14 poll released Monday, a six-spot rise from a week ago.

For the first time since the beginning of January, Mark Turgeon’s team played just one game in the last calendar week. But Maryland took care of business, getting revenge on Iowa in a signature 82-72 victory on Thursday night.

With the jump, Maryland leapfrogs Villanova, Seton Hall, Oregon, West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan State.

The Terps are now the highest ranked team in the Big Ten. Joining them in this week’s poll are four other Big Ten teams: No. 16 Michigan State, No. 17 Iowa, No. 20 Illinois and No. 22 Penn State. Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan are all receiving votes.

Maryland will go back to a two-game slate this week. On Tuesday night, the Terps will face Rutgers — which was ranked No. 24 in last week’s poll — at Xfinity Center. And on Friday, they’ll be on the road to battle it out against Illinois, a team the Terps beat in dramatic fashion back on Dec. 7 to kick off conference play.

Check out the rest of the poll here.