UM drops out of AP Top 25 for 1st time in nearly 2 years

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A year after the Mary­land men’s basketball team stayed in the top 10 for sev­eral weeks de­spite los­ing sev­eral Big Ten Con­fer­ence games, the Terps dropped out of the As­so­ci­ated Press me­dia Top 25 poll Mon­day after their 62-56 sea­son-open­ing win over Amer­i­can on Fri­day night.

Mary­land, which was No. 25 in the pre­sea­son poll, is 27th. Cincin­nati and Cal­i­for­nia moved into the Top 25, and Day­ton is No. 26. It marks the first time in nearly two years that the Terps are not ranked in the AP poll.

Mary­land fell from 21st to 24th in the USA To­day Coaches’ Poll.

The Terps take on Ge­orge­town, which didn’t re­ceive a vote in ei­ther Top 25 poll after a 40-point vic­tory over South Carolina Up­state on Satur­day at the Ver­i­zon Cen­ter. This is the sec­ond straight year the teams will face each other as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

“It doesn’t even mat­ter. We know that rank­ing doesn’t mean any­thing,” said ju­nior guard Melo Trim­ble, who had a team-high 22 points in the sea­son opener Fri­day at Xfin­ity Cen­ter. “We lost to teams last year that weren’t ranked at all. We’re just fo­cused on play­ing Ge­orge­town Tues­day.”

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