Maryland slides to No. 24 in new AP poll after two losses

By – The Washington Times – Monday, March 4, 2019

The Maryland Terrapins took a tumble in the new Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, but at least they hung onto a Top 25 ranking.

Maryland from No. 17 last week to No. 24 in the latest edition of the rankings, dropping behind teams such as Buffalo, Cincinnati, Wofford and Big Ten foe Wisconsin.

The Terrapins lost Sunday at home to then-ninth-ranked Michigan, 69-62, but it was an uninspiring 78-61 loss earlier in the week at Penn State that likely did them the most harm.

Maryland is still a safe bet to make the NCAA Tournament. However, now with a conference record of 12-7 (21-9 overall), the Terrapins have fallen to fifth place in the Big Ten, a half-game behind Wisconsin. The top four seeds in the conference receive a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

Maryland’s last regular season game is Friday at home against Minnesota.

Elsewhere in the poll, Gonzaga and Virginia remained No. 1 and 2, but North Carolina climbed up to No. 3, surpassing Duke (now fourth). Tennessee bounced back up and rounded out the top five.

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