For the first time in school history, Maryland’s men’s and women’s basketball programs are both ranked in the AP Top 5.
Maryland is currently the only school to have both programs ranked in the AP Top 5.
The women’s team ended last season ranked No. 4 and is undefeated at 6-0. The Terps went down to the U.S. Virgin Islands and defeated Pittsburgh, 70-49 on Saturday at the Pearl Jam Tournament.
Maryland also defeated South Dakota State at the tournament, who like Pittsburgh made the NCAA Tournament last season.
Brionna Jones was named Tournament MVP after averaging 17.7 points and 13 rebounds in the three-game tournament.
The men’s team hasn’t dominated its opponents but is still undefeated (6-0). Slow starts plagued Maryland early on but they have put together back-to-back solid performances against Rhode Island and Cleveland State.
As part of the ACC-Big Ten challenge, the women’s and men’s teams both have important non-conference games this week.
The men’s team will take on No. 9 North Carolina Tuesday night in Chapel Hill and the women’s team will take on No. 20 Syracuse on Wednesday night at home.
The women’s team won both meetings with Syracuse back in the 2013-2014 season. The men’s team is 55-122 all time against North Carolina.