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College basketball rankings, Week 4: Maryland holds at No. 2 in AP Top 25 ahead of North Carolina game

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The Terps stay one slot from the top.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland men's basketball team is ranked No. 2 in this week's AP Top 25 poll, out on Monday. The Terps take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, in a game that could catapult them to No. 1 in next week's rankings.

It's Maryland's second consecutive week in the No. 2 slot. The Terps moved up from third to second in last week's ranking, after previous No. 1 Carolina took a road loss to Northern Iowa. This remains Maryland's highest ranking since its 2002 national championship season.

The Terps, overall, had a quality week to keep their ranking. They went 3-0, with a gritted-out win against Illinois State, a blowout against Rhode Island and then an easy overtaking of Cleveland State over the weekend.

This week, in addition to North Carolina, Maryland hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) at Xfinity Center on Friday night. If the Terps can get past the Tar Heels, they'll stand a good chance at moving through non-conference play without a loss.

Here's this week's Coaches Poll, also out:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREV HI/LOW
1 Kentucky Wildcats (29) 6-0 797 1 1/2
2 Maryland Terrapins (3) 5-0 759 2 2/3
3 Michigan State Spartans 6-0 720 4 4/13
4 Iowa State Cyclones 4-0 652 5 5/7
5 Duke Blue Devils 6-1 642 3 3/4
6 Kansas Jayhawks 4-1 615 7 5/7
7 Villanova Wildcats 6-0 613 9 8/9
8 Oklahoma Sooners 3-0 607 6 6/8
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 5-1 549 8 1/8
10 Virginia Cavaliers 5-1 495 12 6/12
11 Purdue Boilermakers 5-0 456 15 15/24
12 Gonzaga Bulldogs 4-1 376 11 11/12
13 Vanderbilt Commodores 5-1 343 16 16/20
14 Arizona Wildcats 5-1 320 10 10/10
15 West Virginia Mountaineers 6-0 299 22 22/23
16 Oregon Ducks 5-0 291 23 23/NR
17 Cincinnati Bearcats 7-0 282 24 24/NR
18 Xavier Musketeers 7-0 280 29
19 Syracuse Orange 6-0 221 NR
20 Texas A&M Aggies 6-1 175 30
21 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 5-1 145 19 19/NR
22 Louisville Cardinals 5-0 141 27
23 Baylor Bears 4-1 113 25 21/25
24 Providence Friars 6-1 110 NR
25 Butler Bulldogs 4-1 65 28 20/NR
Also Receiving Votes: Utah 62; Connecticut 53; California 43; Indiana 35; LSU 29; Notre Dame 25; George Washington 17; Dayton 11; Saint Mary?s 10; Davidson 10; UNLV 9; Pittsburgh 8; Monmouth 5; Iowa 5; South Carolina 4; Northern Iowa 3; Florida 2; Wichita State 2; Texas-El Paso 1.
Dropped Out: No. 13 California, No. 14 Indiana, No. 17 LSU, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 20 Wichita State, No. 21 Connecticut.