Maryland men’s basketball is ranked No. 19 after five straight wins
Guard Anthony Cowan drives toward the rim during Maryland’s 78-75 win over No. 22 Indiana at Xfinity Center on Jan. 11, 2019. (Corey Hart/The Diamondback)
After a five-game win streak including two victories over ranked opponents, the Maryland men’s basketball team re-entered the AP Top 25 at No. 19 on Monday.
The Terps had spent two weeks ranked earlier this season, at No. 24 and No. 23, before a loss to Purdue knocked them out. The No. 19 ranking is the team’s highest since 2016-17.
Since losing to Seton Hall on Dec. 22, coach Mark Turgeon’s squad has rattled off five consecutive victories, highlighted by wins over then-No. 24 Nebraska on Jan. 2 and then-No. 22 Indiana on Friday.
That game knocked the Hoosiers down to No. 25 this week, the last of five Big Ten teams in the rankings. Undefeated Michigan remains No. 2, Michigan State sits at No. 6 and Iowa re-entered the rankings at No. 23.
Five other Big Ten teams — Ohio State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Purdue and Minnesota — received votes this week. The Buckeyes, whom Maryland will visit Friday, fell out of the top 25 after being ranked for the previous eight weeks and reaching as high as No. 13.
The Terps are No. 22 in the NCAA NET rankings, two spots behind the Badgers, whom they play Monday. Maryland ranks No. 21 in KenPom.