Monday, November 23, 2015

Maryland Rises to No. 2 in AP Basketball Poll

It took a bit of charity from some old rivals, but Maryland basketball is now one spot away from its first No. 1 ranking ever.
The Terps are ranked No. 2 in this week's Associated Press Poll, moving up one spot thanks to formerly top-ranked North Carolina's loss to Northern Iowa -- an upset that ended any hopes of the Dec. 1 Maryland-UNC game unfolding as a showdown between No. 1 and No. 2; the Tar Heels fell to No. 8 after their loss.
It's the highest ranking since March 5, 2002 -- the end of the regular season before the Terps began their NCAA championship run -- for Maryland, which received six first-place votes. Top-ranked Kentucky got the other 49 votes for the No. 1 spot.
Maryland has been ranked second more than twice as many times as any other school never to have reached the No. 1 spot. Mark Turgeon's team left College Park Sunday for the Cancun Challenge, where they'll open play against Illinois State at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The event will serve as a final Tar Heels tune-up for Maryland, which edged a feisty Georgetown team and then needed a frantic rally to top Rider last week.
AP Top 10 
1. Kentucky 
3.Michigan State 
4. Iowa State 
5. Kansas 
6. Duke 
7. Oklahoma 
8. Villanova 
9. North Carolina 
10. Gonzaga