The Maryland men's basketball team is the No. 2 team in the country in this week's Associate Press Poll and Coaches Poll, both out on Monday afternoon. The Terps trail Villanova in both polls, and tallied 13 first-place votes to the Wildcats' 32 in the AP.
The Terps haven't been the highest-ranked team in the country in either major poll since they won a national championship under Gary Williams in 2002. They've never had the top ranking in the AP Top 25.
Maryland is coming off a 2-0 week, which included a road win at Nebraska and an impressive home win against Purdue on Saturday. The Terps were slotted No. 4 in the AP Poll and 3 in the Coaches Poll last week, but a two-game losing streak by North Carolina and an Oklahoma loss to Kansas State allowed the Terps to leapfrog the Tar Heels and Sooners. Of course, in the Coaches Poll, Villanova leapfrogged them.
Maryland's schedule now presents a run of what should be three simple enough wins in a row. The Terps host Bowie State on Tuesday night and Wisconsin on Saturday before visiting Minnesota next Thursday.
Here's each poll in its entirety:
AP Top 25
|1||Villanova Wildcats (32)||20-3||1,566|
|2||Maryland Terrapins (13)||21-3||1,499|
|3||Oklahoma Sooners (7)||19-3||1,472|
|4||Iowa Hawkeyes (11)||19-4||1,471|
|6||Kansas Jayhawks (1)||19-4||1,311|
|7||Virginia Cavaliers (1)||19-4||1,223|
|8||Michigan State Spartans||20-4||1,144|
|9||North Carolina Tar Heels||19-4||1,136|
|10||West Virginia Mountaineers||19-4||1,082|
|14||Iowa State Cyclones||17-6||781|
|15||Texas A&M Aggies||18-5||663|
|25||Wichita State Shockers||17-6||132|
|Others receiving votes: South Carolina 128, Indiana 91, Notre Dame 75, San Diego State 22, Duke 14, Seton Hall 14, Gonzaga 10, LSU 10, VCU 10, Valparaiso 9, Stony Brook 8, Saint Mary's 6, Saint Joseph's 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, Connecticut 2, George Washington 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth 1|
USA Today Coaches Poll
|8||North Carolina (1)||19-4||599|
|9||Michigan State (1)||20-4||567|
|Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 63, Gonzaga 53, Duke 40, Saint Mary's 28, Pittsburgh 25, Seton Hall 21, Valparaiso 14, Louisville 12, Monmouth 12, Utah 12, VCU 8, LSU 5, Saint Joseph's 2, Stony Brook 1, California 1, Clemson 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1|