Coming off of a tough 74-65 road loss to #12 Michigan State, the Maryland Terrapins fell slightly in the polls. As announced early Monday afternoon, the ‘Terps slipped just one spot to #8 in the AP Poll and two spots to #7 in the Coaches Poll.
Based on the minimal decline in poll position, it’s clear that voters deemed it a tough task to play at the Breslin Center, much less come away with a win. Unfortunately, the Terps won’t get a shot at hosting the Spartans at home during the regular season.
Maryland can’t dwell too much on the loss as they will host a very good Iowa team that jumped 6 spots in the AP Poll to #3.
Other AP Poll Highlights:
-Oklahoma retains its spot at the top despite losing early last week against Iowa State. Voters clearly realized the tough task of playing on the road against Iowa State, and the fact that the Sooners took care of a top 15 team in Baylor reinforced voting confidence. Even still, some were surprised that North Carolina–winners of 9 straight games– did not jump the ‘Sooners in the poll.
-Iowa and Providence are two teams that made a leap, coming off Sunday wins against Purdue and Villanova, respectively. Iowa jumps to #3 while Providence rises to #10.
-Wichita State climbs back into the top-25, after winning their 9th straight game in dominant fashion over Bradley. Notre Dame also entered the top-25 after defeating Boston College. Oregon follows suit after taking care of business against UCLA.